During the Hebrew month of Shvat, just as the early blooms start to appear on trees in Israel, we celebrate Tu Bishvat a Jewish holiday that commemorates the birthday of trees. Also called Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot, which literally means “New Year of the Trees”, the festival is a welcome reminder that winter is soon over.
The most common way to celebrate Tu Bishvat is by eating a special meal featuring fruits and nuts native to Israel, such as figs, dates, olives, and pomegranates. Planting trees is another traditional way to enjoy the holiday.
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