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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.

Is Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat a Public Holiday?

This is not a public holiday in the United States. Most businesses, schools, and offices are open and follow regular hours, but Jewish-run businesses and organizations might be closed.

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.


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.

During the 1930s, when Jews returned to the area now encompassing Israel and Palestine, 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.

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
2017SatFeb 11Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
2018WedJan 31Tu Bishvat/Tu B'ShevatJewish holiday
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

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