Learn about Tu B’Shevat
Do you know about Tu B’Shevat? It’s a Jewish holiday known as the New Year for Trees. In 2018, Tu B’Shevat is celebrated from sunset on Tuesday, January 30 until nightfall Wednesday, January 31. Shevat is a month on the Jewish calendar and Tu is the number 15 in Hebrew. Tu B’Shevat is the 15th day of the month Shevat.
Tu B’Shevat lasts for one day. In ancient Jewish tradition, this holiday helped farmers know when to bring fruit from all their 4‑year-old fruit trees to the Temple. The age of all trees was calculated from Tu B’Shevat, no matter the actual day of planting. For example, if the tree was planted on the 14th of Shevat, the tree would have its “birthday” the next day.
Today, the minor holiday is celebrated in a number of ways. Some people eat fruit and nuts. Others host Seder meals with fruit and nut from trees native to Israel as the central focus.
Other people celebrate Tu B’Shevat by planting trees. You can learn more about Tu B’Shevat and trees by attending a skillshare and potluck at Repair the World Pittsburgh in partnership with Tree Pittsburgh and Grow Pittsburgh! This event is free but you should RSVP to Repair the World.
Wednesday, January 31
Repair the World: Pittsburgh
6022 Broad Street, 15206