Tu BiShvat - the new year for trees

Updated: Jan 4

Tu Bishvat ט״ו בִּשְׁבָט is a Jewish holiday. It is also known as the new year of the trees, and the idea is to determine the age of the fruits of the Land of Israel. "Rosh Hashanah of the trees" - known as Tu Bishvat, marks the start of the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

It is customary on this day to eat the fruits of the Land of Israel, especially the fruits of the Seven Species - the kinds that are singled out by the Torah such as grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates.

Nowadays in Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.

The name of the holiday:

The name Tu BiShvat is derived from the Hebrew date of the holiday. The holiday occurs on the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month Shevat. "Tu" (ט״ו) stands for the Hebrew letters Tet and Vav, which gives us the numerical value of 9 an