Celebration of Happiness (10) – Tu BiShvat Festival (Israel)

Tu BiShevat Festival (New Years for Trees)

"Take A long View Instead Of Having Instant Gratification"



Technology can give us instant gratification at the click of a button, and we get frustrated when our lives move too slowly. All too often we lose patience and give up when things don’t turn out as planned. Nature teaches us to be patient and reap the fruits that evolve in the course.



As a typical belief of the Jewish religion, this festival is celebrated on the 15th of Shevat of the Jewish calendar. Said to be a new year for tress, it is believed that from this day onwards, the season begins in which the blooming trees of Israel wake up from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.



In Israel, the Jewish festival of Tu BiShvat is celebrated each year with the planting of trees. The festival represents renewal and hope for the future. Children sing songs about the almond tree and eat dates, walnuts and apricots. Aside from nurturing conservation, Tu BiShvat shows how nature takes its time. Seeds are planted in winter, and then sprout into saplings in spring, but it can be years before the first fruit is enjoyed. So is the law of nature, each fruit takes its required effort and time to be produced and man has to wait for the nature to take its course and offer the fruits to us.


Develop Patience To Wait

Trees contribute so much to our mental and physical well-being, yet planting one requires discipline, patience and faith. It’s a reminder that it’s rewarding to delay gratification and see our own efforts bear fruits. Are seeds you planted a long time ago starting to flower? Remember, you also need water, space and time to grow.

 This blog is inspired by: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet)


Piyuesh Modi

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