Tu B’Shvat is one of the four new years that are mentioned in the Mishna. Sometimes referred to as Rosh Hashanah ha’ilanot, or the “new year” of the trees, its more common name comes from the day of the Hebrew month, the 15th day of Shvat.
There are a lot of different ways to celebrate, including holding a seder or festival. Many people also choose to incorporate symbolic fruits and grains from the land of Israel into their menus. The Seven Species, as they’re known, are wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates. Tu B’Shvat is also a great time to appreciate nature and help sustain it by planting trees and gardens. There are plenty of creative ways to celebrate with your family. Here are some of our favorites: