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Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) in Australia

Quick Facts

Tu B’Shevat is known as the “New Year for Trees”, is one of the four Jewish New Years.

Local names

NameLanguage
Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)English
Tu biSchevat (Neujahrsfest der Bäume)German

Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
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Tu B’Shevat (Tu Bishvat) is the 15th day of the Jewish months of Shevat. This festival is also known as the “New Year for Trees” and is observed in Jewish communities in Australia.

Fresh Red Apple on Tree in Huon Valley, Tasmania, Australia

Tu B'Shevat is a Jewish observance known as the "New Year for Trees".

©iStockphoto.com/Ashley Whitworth

What do people do?

Tu B’Shevat, which is the start of a “New Year for Trees” in the Jewish calendar, marks a time for many Jewish people in Australia to engage in activities such as eating fruit or planting trees. The Torah praises seven “fruits”, in particular grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. Many Jewish people eat a new fruit, which can be any seasonal fruit. It is also customary for blessings to be recited as part of this ritual.

Many Jewish synagogues or organizations post reminders about Tu B’Shevat on their websites or newsletters weeks or months ahead of time. Other activities may include meetings that involve discussions or talks about the meaning of Tu B’Shevat.

Public life

Tu B’Shevat is not a public holiday in Australia. However, some Jewish organizations may offer a limited service to allow for festivities to occur on this day.

Background

Tu B’Shevat is first referred to in the late Second Temple period (515 BCE to 20 CE) when it was the cut-off date for levying the tithe on the produce of fruit trees. When Jewish colonists returned to Palestine during the 1930s, they reclaimed the barren land by planting trees where they could. It became customary to plant a tree for every newborn child – a cedar for a boy and a cypress or pine for a girl.

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Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SatFeb 101990Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
WedJan 301991Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
MonJan 201992Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
SatFeb 61993Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
ThuJan 271994Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
MonJan 161995Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
MonFeb 51996Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
ThuJan 231997Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
WedFeb 111998Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
MonFeb 11999Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
SatJan 222000Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
ThuFeb 82001Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
MonJan 282002Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
SatJan 182003Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
SatFeb 72004Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
TueJan 252005Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
MonFeb 132006Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
SatFeb 32007Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
TueJan 222008Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
MonFeb 92009Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
SatJan 302010Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
ThuJan 202011Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
WedFeb 82012Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
SatJan 262013Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
ThuJan 162014Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
WedFeb 42015Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
MonJan 252016Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
SatFeb 112017Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
WedJan 312018Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
MonJan 212019Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
MonFeb 102020Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 

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