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.
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.
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. 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.
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Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat ObservancesNote: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Sat||Jan 30||2010||Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Jan 20||2011||Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Feb 8||2012||Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Jan 26||2013||Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Jan 16||2014||Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Feb 4||2015||Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Jan 25||2016||Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Feb 11||2017||Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Jan 31||2018||Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Jan 21||2019||Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Feb 10||2020||Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||Jewish holiday|
Quick FactsTu B’Shevat is known as the “New Year for Trees”, is a Jewish festival similar to Arbor Day.
Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat 2017Saturday, February 11, 2017
Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat 2018Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Name in other languages
|Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat||English|
|السنة الجديدة من الأشجار||Arabic|
|Tu Bishvat / Tu B'Shevat||Norwegian|
|New Year of the Trees/Arbor Day||English|
|ראש השנה לאילנות||Hebrew|
|Neujahrsfest der Bäume||German|
- Arbor Day – Friday, April 28, 2017
Other holidays in February 2017 in the United States
- National Freedom Day – Wednesday, February 1, 2017
- Groundhog Day – Thursday, February 2, 2017
- National Wear Red Day – Friday, February 3, 2017
- Rosa Parks Day – Saturday, February 4, 2017
- Lincoln's Birthday – Sunday, February 12, 2017
- Lincoln's Birthday – Monday, February 13, 2017
- Valentine's Day – Tuesday, February 14, 2017
- Susan B Anthony's Birthday – Wednesday, February 15, 2017
- Presidents' Day – Monday, February 20, 2017
- Maha Shivaratri – Friday, February 24, 2017
- Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras – Tuesday, February 28, 2017