Tu BiShvat is a Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called "Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot", literally "New Year of the Trees." In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.
In the Middle Ages, Tu BiShvat was celebrated with a feast of fruits in keeping with the Mishnaic description of the holiday as a "New Year." In the 16th century, the kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Luria of Safed and his disciples instituted a Tu BiShvat seder in which the fruits and trees of the Land of Israel were given symbolic meaning. The main idea was that eating ten specific fruits and drinking four cups of wine in a specific order while reciting the appropriate blessings would bring human beings, and the world, closer to spiritual perfection.
- Date: January 16 2022
- Also Called: Tu B'Shevat,Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot
- Significance: The fruits that ripened from Tu BiShvat on were counted for the following year's tithes.
- Type: Jewish religious, cultural
- Observed By: Jews in Israel and the Jewish diaspora
- Religious Type: Jewish