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Jewish Holidays

Tu bishvat holiday

In Hebrew, Tu bishvat (ט"ו בשְׁבָט) means 15th day of the month of Shevat in the Hebrew calendar.

In Hebrew this day is known as the New Year for trees (ראש השנה לאילנות).

Tu bishvat is not mentioned in the Torah and it is not an official religious holiday.

The 15th of Shevat is the midpoint between fall and spring. As such it marks a transition mid-point in the agricultural calendar.

Customs of celebrating Tu bishvat

Relevant excerpts from the Torah