The Jewish people celebrate Tu B’Shevat every year, a minor Jewish Holiday which literally means “15th day of Shevat,” the 11th month in the Hebrew calendar which is also known as “The New Year of Trees.” This holiday marks the calculating of the age of trees planted that year.
When is Tu B’Shevat 2014
Tu B’Shevat 2014 will be on Thursday, January 16, 2014
Tu B’Shevat in the Gregorian calendar will occur on the evening of Wednesday, January 15, 2014 until sunset of Thursday January 16, 2014;
Tu B’Shevat always falls between the months of January and February in the Gregorian calendar
When is Tu B’Shevat 2014 Jewish Calendar
Tu B’Shevat in Jewish Year 5774 will be on Thursday, 15th day of the month of Shevat.
What do people do on Tu B’Shevat
Some Jewish people in the United States and even in other parts of the world observe this holiday by planting new trees and eating new fruits aside from those written and mentioned in the Bible where Israel is so famous for its abundance in the land.
Tu B’Shevat Background and History
Tu B’Shevat is one of the four Jewish New Years or “Rosh Hashanahs” observed by the Jews in Israel and even in other parts of the world where Jews are present. In modern State of Israel, it is widely known and acknowledged as a type National Arbor Day where they promote trees by planting and simply appreciating the vital role of trees in humanity.
In the Jewish liturgy, trees are considered to have a special place in their hearts and are one of the most significant parts of the natural creation when God has created it beforehand for the man, regarding it to be a life-support structure of mankind.
Although Tu B’Shevat is a Rosh Hashanah, it is not a public holiday in Israel, work is not prohibited; no celebratory meal is required nor did special prayers add to the regular services. On the other hand, this day is devoted in a very festive manner.
During the Sixteenth Century
The Jewish mystics of Safed developed a ritual meal on the celebration of Tu B’Shevat which was a prototype of a Passover Seder (ceremonial meal). Read more about TU B’SHEVAT SEDER.
In the modern day Israel, Jewish people celebrate this day in resemblance to the Arbor Day where planting of trees and its conservation is the focal interest of the people. Jews celebrate it with joy and thanksgiving for the trees that God has primarily created for mankind to tend, keep and guard. God values the trees, which is why certain laws and commandments were given and was explicitly stated in the Holy Scriptures not just to the Jews but to all mankind.
Tu B’Shevat 2015
Tu B’Shevat 2015 will be on Wednesday, 04th of February 2015
Tu B’Shevat in the Gregorian calendar will take place on the evening of Tuesday, February 03 2015 until the sunset of Wednesday February 04, 2015.