Tu B’Av (Hebrew: ט”ו באב ), also known as Holiday of love, the 15th Day of Av, is both an ancient and modern Jewish holiday.It is considered to be a very desirable date for Jewish weddings.
A search of the Shulchan Aruch (“Code of Jewish Law”) reveals no observances or customs for this date, except for the instruction of the “Tachnun” (confession of sins) and similar portions should be omitted from the daily prayers–as is the case with all festive dates–and that beginning on the 15th of Av, one should increase one’s study of Torah, since at this time of the year the nights begin to grow longer and “the night was created for the study.”
The Talmud tells us that many years ago the “daughters of Jerusalem would go dance in the vineyards” on the 15th of Av, and “whoever did not have a wife would go there” to find himself a bride. 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.
Happy Tu BA’v!