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Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat in the United States

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 the United States.

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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 the United States observe the festival 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.

Public Life

Tu B’Shevat is not a public holiday in the United States. 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 Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat in other countries

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Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SatJan 302010Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday 
ThuJan 202011Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday 
WedFeb 82012Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday 
SatJan 262013Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday 
ThuJan 162014Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday 
WedFeb 42015Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday 
MonJan 252016Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday 
SatFeb 112017Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday 
WedJan 312018Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday 
MonJan 212019Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday 
MonFeb 102020Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday 

Quick Facts

Tu B’Shevat is known as the “New Year for Trees”, is a Jewish festival similar to Arbor Day.

Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatEnglish
Tu BishvatSpanish
טו בשבטHebrew
السنة الجديدة من الأشجارArabic
나무의 새해Korean
Tu Bishvat / Tu B'ShevatNorwegian
Tu biSchevatGerman

Alternative names

NameLanguage
New Year of the Trees/Arbor DayEnglish
ראש השנה לאילנותHebrew
Neujahrsfest der BäumeGerman
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

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