The EMIS experience is about expanding students' knowledge and opening doors of diverse cultures that otherwise they would have not known and had a chance to experience. The national Olive day, observed annually on the first of June is a big part of the Palestinian culture. The name Olive day derives from the way we perceive our culture and nation as a rooted olive tree. The Olive is one of the oldest fruits and is part of a traditional maze/tapas culinary experience that brings Palestinian families and friends together, strengthening their bonds over this special meal around the table. One of the significances of this day is found through the Olive branch which symbolizes hope, peace, love, and friendship. Therefore this day reminds us to be hopeful, it reminds us to love one another and form strong friendships for peaceful living in our societies and the world. Although one may think that Olive day is limited to only the Olive fruit, it extends beyond this and gives a variety of foods. The Olive can be found in cocktails and loaves of bread, they can be eaten as snacks, used as toppings, included in relish, and even used as a garnish for many foods. For us, Olives are one of the most versatile fruits we eat.

The olive day at our school( EMIS) would not have been possible without the enormous help from our Arabic teacher Miss Asma who helped us make this day resemble our culture. During our event, we had many activities concentrated on ways the Olive could be used. We taught our friends and teachers how to press Olives to make them edible. How to make labneh sandwiches with olive oil. How to use Olive oil to make traditional Arab food, and how to decorate rooms with olive branches.  Some other activities which were filled with fun and joy were drawing “Hinah”, and teaching our friends and teachers to dance the traditional Arab folk dance ( Dabka), and displaying a traditional Arab house which included antique Palestinian items and traditional  Arab food.  

Olive day is very important to  EMIS as it gives internationals and Israeli students insight into the Palestinian culture, strengthening their knowledge of who we are as Palestinians and experiencing our culture.