Tu Bishvat is a Jewish holiday that occurs on the 15th day during the month of Shevat according to the Jewish calendar. This typically falls in January or February. Tu Bishvat will occur from February 5th- February 6th this year (2023).
Tu Bishvat Origins
Tu Bishvat is regarded as a minor Jewish holiday since it did not originate as a religious celebration, but it is a celebration nonetheless. The significance stems from ancient times in Israel when farmers would acknowledge the change from the cold barren winter into the beginning of the prosperous fertile season for their crops and fruit trees. This was later adapted into Jewish custom to be a day of appreciation for nature.
No Jewish celebration is complete without food. Since the holiday translates into the “New Year of the Trees”, fruits grown on trees, such as dates, figs, olives, and pomegranates are very traditional. Dried fruits and nuts may also be enjoyed.
Tu Bishvat is an excellent time to gather with family and loved ones. Many families will use the holiday as a way to make a positive impact on the environment such as planting a tree or cleaning up trash from around their community. Jewish families can enjoy a delicious array of natural fruits, grains, nuts, and vegetables.
If you’re looking to give something for the holiday, Kosherline offers amazing kosher Tu Bishvat gift baskets that would make for an excellent gift. In addition, sharing and enjoying them with family also creates a fun, tasty, and memorable experience.