"Why is the olive branch used as a symbol of peace?
The origins of using olive branch as a symbol of peace lie in ancient Greek culture. In ancient Rome too, the defeated during a war used to hold an olive branch to indicate that they were pleading for peace.
According to Christian mythology, during the great flood, the dove sent in search of land by Noah, returned with an olive leaf.
This was seen as a sign that God had stopped his war on mankind, the flood was receding, and land was in sight.
According to some, an olive branch signifies peace because olive trees, because of their slow growth, are not cultivated during war time and therefore considered as peace-time trees."
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