Tu Bishvat will be celebrated this year from Sunday, January 24 sundown to sundown on Monday January 25. There are many ways you can celebrate this wonderful holiday! Eat a new fruit, plant some herbs on your kitchen window, or commit to recycling and reusing.....and ultimately work towards saving our planet. You can also send money to plant trees in Israel via JNF.
The word "Tu" does not have a significant meaning in Hebrew, it is the number 15 as the holiday falls on the 15 of the Hebrew month of shvat. Tu Bishvat is known as Rosh Hashanah LaIlanot or "New year for the trees." The origin of Tu Bishvat in the Torah was to recognizing and committing to a time of renewing our commitment to G!D by sharing the yield of the land with the poor.
These days we celebrate Tu Bishvat by renewing our commitment to save and protect the trees and all of G!D's creations. After the exile of Jewish people from Israel, this holiday became a day to commemorate our connection to the land of Israel. The mystical Kabbalists in the 16th century saw trees symbolizing humans, as it says: "For a human is like a tree of the field".
Many forms of life are dependent upon trees!