Tu Bishvat

Judaism, Upcoming Holidays  /   /  By Aaron Fin

Tu Bishvat is a one day Jewish celebration, for the most part in late January or early February that marks the “New Year of the Trees”.

Practices involve planting trees and consuming dried fruits and nuts, particularly figs, dates, raisins, and almonds. In Israel, the flowering of the almond tree, which grows wild in the country, symbolize the holiday.

The name for Tu Bishvat stems from the Hebrew date of the holiday, which falls on the 15th day of Shevat (the months of Shevat in Hebrew).

Tu Bishvat was already mentioned in the “Mishnah” (a Jewish book of wisdom) as one of the four new years in the Jewish calendar.

Tu Bishvat generally falls on the second full moon before Passover, or, in a leap year, the third full moon before Passover.

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