Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) in Australia
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.
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.
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.
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) ObservancesNote: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Sat||Jan 30||2010||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Jan 20||2011||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Feb 8||2012||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Jan 26||2013||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Jan 16||2014||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Feb 4||2015||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Jan 25||2016||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Feb 11||2017||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Jan 31||2018||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Jan 21||2019||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Feb 10||2020||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish holiday|
Quick FactsTu B’Shevat is known as the “New Year for Trees”, is one of the four Jewish New Years.
Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) 2016Monday, January 25, 2016
Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) 2017Saturday, February 11, 2017
Name in other languages
|Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||English|
|Tu biSchevat (Neujahrsfest der Bäume)||German|
Other holidays in January 2017 in Australia
- Last day of Hanukkah – Sunday, January 1, 2017
- New Year's Day – Monday, January 2, 2017
- Epiphany – Friday, January 6, 2017
- Orthodox Christmas Day – Saturday, January 7, 2017
- Orthodox New Year – Saturday, January 14, 2017
- Australia Day – Thursday, January 26, 2017
- Chinese New Year – Saturday, January 28, 2017