Tu Bishvat is a special time for the Jewish people in that it marks the transition of fruit-bearing trees out of their winter hibernation into a pleasant bountiful spring season. Before it became a Jewish celebration, this time was only significant amongst farmers who tended the trees back in ancient times. Because of this historical significance, it is also commonly referred to as the New Year for Trees.
When Is Tu Bishvat?
Tu Bishvat is celebrated on the 15th day of Shevat, a month in the Jewish calendar. It typically occurs in January or February. For the upcoming year of 2023, Tu Bishvat will begin at sundown on Sunday, February 5th, and last until the evening of February 6th.
Tu Bishvat Traditions
There are specific rules that Jewish people must observe for eating fruit from trees. Fruit cannot be consumed from a tree if the tree is 1-4 years old. The fruit tree must be at least five years of age or older in order to pick and consume the fruit. Nowadays, many Jewish people will eat a variety of fruit such as dates, figs, and pomegranates and use the holiday to celebrate the natural world by doing something environmentally friendly, such as planting a tree. For those unable to physically plant a tree, many Jewish people will collect money and donate it to sites such as this one to plant a tree in Israel. Make sure you and your loved ones are prepared to celebrate Tu Bishvat with one of our many kosher gift boxes with delicious dried fruits and nuts.