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Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) in Canada

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 countries such as Canada.

Detail of a fig tree
Tu B'Shevat is a Jewish observance known as the "New Year for Trees".
Tu B'Shevat is a Jewish observance known as the "New Year for Trees".
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What Do People Do?

Many Jewish communities in Canada observe Tu B’Shevat by eating fruit on this day. The Torah praises seven “fruits”, in particular grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. Many Jewish people also try to eat a new fruit, which can be any seasonal fruit. Some Jewish communities plant trees on Tu B’Shevat. Some people organize ecological activities and educational events, which provides a chance to express their dedication to protect the Earth.

Public Life

Tu B’Shevat is not a public holiday in Canada. However, some Jewish organizations may be closed or 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.

About Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) in other countries

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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
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 

Quick Facts

Tu B’Shevat is known as the “New Year for Trees”, is a Jewish festival that marks the start of a new cycle for the tithe on fruit trees.

Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)English
Tou BichvatFrench
Tu biSchevat (Neujahrsfest der Bäume)German
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

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