Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat 2017: When Is Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat? Dates & Details πŸ—“

What day is Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat on? Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat 2017 is observed on a Saturday in February. In 2016, it was on a Monday and Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat in 2018 is on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Countdown to Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat 2017 date is below, plus holiday history, activities, facts, details, and upcoming public holidays.

Tu B’Shevat (Tu Bishvat) is the 15th day of the Jewish months of Shevat. This festival is also known as the “New Year for Trees” and is observed in Jewish communities in countries such as the United States.

When is Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat 2017? This year Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat is on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

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Tu B’Shevat is known as the “New Year for Trees”, is a Jewish festival similar to Arbor Day.

Below you will find all the details for Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat a federal holiday?

No, Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat is not a federal holiday. There are ten annual US federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. The following federal holidays are established by law:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington’s Birthday (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Is Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat a national holiday?

Tu B’Shevat is not a public holiday in the United States. However, some Jewish organizations may be closed or offer a limited service to allow for festivities to occur on this day. Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat is not a national holiday. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

Is Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat a paid holiday?

The answer depends on your employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise).


Does the mail run on Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be open for the holiday, which means businesses and homes will receive mail. This also counts USPS and Fedex packages. See holiday schedule on USPS and Fedex. The only time mail is not being delivered is on federal holidays, which are listed above.

Are banks open on Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat?

Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat is a Jewish holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and most banks will be open. While most banks are open, some banks can operate on their own schedules, so it may be best to check with your local branches. U.S. stock and bond markets like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be open. Grocery stores and malls are reportedly open.

If your bank is closed, it is still possible to conduct general banking transactions via ATM, online banking or your mobile phone. Apps and websites are running though not all normal functions may be accessed for the holiday.

Are stores open on Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat?

On Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat, most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no holidays on which all businesses are closed by law. However, some stores may have shortened or extended holiday hours for the day. Stores may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses may be closed on in order to give their employees the day off. For restaurants, stores and other establishments specific to your area, you will have to check with the individual business.

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Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat 2017

Holiday: Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat
Date: February 11, 2017
Weekday: Saturday
Holiday Type: Jewish holiday
Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat 2018: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat 2019: Monday, January 21, 2019
Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat 2020: Monday, February 10, 2020

History & Origin

Tu B’Shevat is first referred to in the late Second Temple period (515 BCE to 20 CE) when it was the cut-off date for levying the tithe on the produce of fruit trees. When Jewish colonists returned to Palestine during the 1930s, they reclaimed the barren land by planting trees where they could. It became customary to plant a tree for every newborn child – a cedar for a boy and a cypress or pine for a girl.

How To Celebrate Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat

Many Jewish communities in the United States observe the festival by eating fruit on this day. The Torah praises seven β€œfruits”, in particular grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. Many Jewish people also try to eat a new fruit, which can be any seasonal fruit. Some Jewish communities plant trees on Tu B’Shevat.

How To Say Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat in:

Spanish: Tu Bishvat
Norwegian: Tu Bishvat / Tu B’Shevat
German: Tu biSchevat

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