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What Is Tu B´Shevat?

Tu B’Shevat (or Tu Bishvat) marks the “birthday of the fruit trees” under Jewish law, and is often celebrated by a symbolic meal and tree planting activities.

Tu B´Shevat is a minor Jewish holiday with a newly developed deeper environmental meaning.

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Is Tu B´Shevat a Public Holiday?

While this is not a public holiday in the United States, some Jewish-run organizations are closed on this date.

When Is Tu B´Shevat?

Tu B´Shevat is celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Shevat in the Hebrew calendar, which usually falls in January in the Gregorian calendar.

Fruit, Nuts and Planting

Some Jewish people gather with family and friends to celebrate Tu B´Shevat by serving a seder (holiday meal) of dried fruit and nuts, red wine and grape juice. Pickled etog, a type of citrus, is often a featured dish at these festivities.

Other Jewish people celebrate by planting trees or joining in on efforts to raise environmental awareness. To many, it is considered the Jewish equivalent of Arbor Day.

Green Day

In recent years,Tu B'Shevat has come to be primarily an environmental holiday. Many Jews use this day as an opportunity to remind themselves of their scriptural duty to care to be good stewards for God's creation, or the natural world.

Many Jews honor the day by taking part in a tree-planting ceremony, or collecting and sending money to Israel for tree planting efforts there.

Others celebrate by picking fruits and vegetables at farms, starting herb gardens, building birdhouses, or organizing beach and park clean-up activities.

Jewish Holidays Last Longer Outside of Israel

In the Jewish diaspora—Jewish communities outside of Israel—an extra day is usually added to religious observances, with the exception of Yom Kippur, which lasts only one day worldwide, and Rosh Hashana, which is celebrated over two days in both Israel and the diaspora.

This custom has its roots in ancient times when the beginning of the months in the Jewish calendar still relied on the sighting of the crescent Moon following a New Moon.

The beginning of a new month was determined by the Sanhedrin, the supreme court of ancient Israel in Jerusalem. Once the date was published, messengers were dispatched to spread the news among Jews living abroad. Since this process took some time, it was decreed that Jews outside of ancient Israel were to observe every holiday for 2 days to make sure that the rules and customs applicable to each holiday were observed on the proper date. This rule is still observed today.

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.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2019MonJan 21Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
2020MonFeb 10Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
2021ThuJan 28Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
2022MonJan 17Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
2023MonFeb 6Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
2024ThuJan 25Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
2025ThuFeb 13Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
2026MonFeb 2Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
2027SatJan 23Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
2028SatFeb 12Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
2029WedJan 31Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday

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