This Saturday Tu Bishvat is celebrated in Israel.
Tu Bishvat literally means the 15th day of the month of Shvat. It is the date of Rosh Hashanah La-ilanot, the “New Year for the Trees” – the turn of the year for the purposes of determining the age of a tree, which is needed for calculating a tithe. (The fourth year of a tree’s fruit is to be dedicated to God.)
In Israel, we see the almond trees blossom, marking the early days of spring and the start of growing season.