Tu B’ Av – The Holiday of Love

Tu B’Av, the fifteenth day of the month of Av, is a Day of Love in Judaism. Celebrating This holiday  has become a very popular holiday in Israel. Tu B’Av, the 15th Day of Av, is both an ancient and modern holiday. Originally a post-biblical day of joy, it served as a matchmaking day for unmarried women in the second Temple period. Today Israeli secular society commemorates the date as a festival of singing and dancing on the night of Tu B’Av. According to the Talmud, Tu B’Av was a joyous holiday in the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, marking the beginning of the grape harvest. Yom Kippur marked the end of the grape harvest. On both dates, the unmarried girls of Jerusalem would dress in white garments and go out to dance in the vineyards.

 

What a lovely holiday to celebrate!

 

(thanks to Deb Radin of BAW for this info)

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