Tu Bishvat is a minor Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Shevat occurring on late January or early February. Also known as “New Year of the Trees,” this holiday is often observed by planting trees, eating special fruits and nuts or participating in a Tu Bishvat Seder.
- Mark this day by eating fruits, especially those mentioned by the Torah like grapes, pomegranates, olives and dates.
- When eating a particular fruit for the first time during the entire season, recite the Shehecheyanu, a blessing recited on joyous occasions. This is recited before saying the Ha-etz blessing on the fruit.
- Tachnun (supplication) is removed from the Shacharit and Mincha (morning and afternoon) prayers.
- If possible, donate some cash to the Jewish National Fund, an agency devoted to planting trees in Israel.
- Host a Tu Bishvat Seder, a ritualized dinner similar to the Passover Seder. Tu Bishvat Seder ideas and recipes are readily available over the internet.
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