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The Olive Harvest Festival celebrated annualy in November by the farmers of the Canaan Fair Trade cooperative was a perfect opportunity to take an excursion to the region of Jenin.
Olive Harvest Season
Olive trees are considered a very significant part of the Palestinian tradition, as they have always been both an essential element of Palestinian livelihood and a symbolic sign of harmony and welfare.
For the Palestinian farmers, the months of October and November mark the olive harvest season, which is the time of family gatherings and joyful festivals.
It is preferable to pick up the olives manually, which means a lot of hard work taking also a lot of time. To ease the labour, farmers sing various lively folk songs and listen to the stories of the elders.
The picturesque village of Taybeh, located 12 km
northeast of Ramallah, is home to around 1500 people, and is the only all-Christian Palestinian community in the Holy Land. From its elevated spot,
it overlooks the desert wilderness, the Jordan Valley, Jericho, and the Dead
Sea. It's prominent reputation includes its notoriety as the only Palestinian city that has its own beer factory, Taybeh beer. And every year it rises to prominence in early October as it hosts the Holy Land's only Oktoberfest. This year it is slated for October 6 and 7, 2012.
Bethlehem is my new home since September 2010. This charming town in the Holy Land is definitely worth a visit! Discover Bethlehem with my blog :-) Other places are coming soon...