Four are the New Year’s Eves in the Jewish calendar:
one for the humans and animals, one for the land and Shmita,
one for the kings and one for the trees. The peculiar fact is that this New Year is in the middle,
the fifteenth on the month of Shvat.
The Almond tree, with its pink and white flowers, became the symbol of this holiday.
During the end of the 19th century planting trees was the main activity of the Jewish pioneers.
In the diaspora it represented the longing of the Jews to their Promise Land.
This holiday symbolize the end of winter and beginning of the spring.
All of the celebrations and traditions relate to the nature and the plants.
The main costume of the day is to eat fruits.
Fresh fruits are eaten today but it is much more common to eat dry fruits.
The tradition to eat dry fruits was brought from the diaspora Jews that didn’t have any fresh ones,
mainly in eastern European countries.
Join us at our celebrations.
While visiting the city you will be able to notice the Almond tree bloom near the important sites:
The biblical zoo, the area that surrounds Yad vaShem museum,
Valley of the Cross and Israel Museum or the picturesque village of Ein Karem.
The flowers of the tree are very similar to the Cherry blossom in Japan.