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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.

Is Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) a Public Holiday?

Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Detail of a fig tree

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

©iStockphoto.com/Marko Cerovac

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

Read more about Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day).

Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010SatJan 30Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
2011ThuJan 20Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
2012WedFeb 8Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
2013SatJan 26Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
2014ThuJan 16Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
2015WedFeb 4Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
2016MonJan 25Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
2017SatFeb 11Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
2018WedJan 31Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
2019MonJan 21Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 
2020MonFeb 10Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday 

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