January 13, 2022

Israelis to celebrate Jewish new year of the tree at Expo 2020

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Tu Bishvat or Jewish Earth day, a Jewish holiday, will be celebrated on January 17, 2022 at the Israel pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai.

Celebrations will include tribute images from Israel, nature and dried fruit on the LED gates of the pavilion and the distribution of traditional dried fruits to pavilion visitors.

Tu Bishvat is one of the four new year celebrations in the Jewish calendar, dedicated specifically to trees and nature. Traditionally, Tu Bishvat, which translates as the 15th of the Hebrew month Shevat (the 5th month in the Jewish calendar), was an important date for the people of Israel.

In modern times, Jews consider the festival to be an attachment to the land of Israel, and a symbol of renewed growth of the Jewish people returning to their ancestral homeland. On Tu Bishvat, Jews will eat fruits associated with the Holy Land, especially the seven species the land of Israel was blessed with such as; pomegranates, dates, figs, grapes and olives.

It is customary for Israelis to try a new fruit which they have not yet eaten that year. Most people in Israel will plant a tree on this day, that's why Tu Bishvat is seen as Jewish Earth Day.

For the occasion the Israel pavilion is having an exhibition entitled “World Leaders Honour KKL-JNF'' from January 9, 2022 until the January 18, 2022. The exhibition showcases photographs of world leaders in their respective fields, planting trees. Among said leaders are Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, Sharon Stone and Albert Einstein.

Tu BiShvat is an environmental holiday. Jews consider this day a way to remind themselves of their duty to care for the natural world. Themes such as sustainability and preserving nature have been part of the Jewish calendar for many centuries, and continue to be.

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