I attend a morning Minyan, which for me means that after getting up early and doing the farm chores, I walk about three quarters of a mile to services. One part of the weekday service involves a prayer to G-d that lays out, in great detail, all the troubles we are going through as the Jewish Nation — this prayer is unchanged for thousands of years, and reflects the reality today as much, if not more, than when it was written.
Tu B’Shvat is one of the days when we skip this prayer. This gives the day, early on, a different feel: the day is more uplifted and filled with hope. It gives us an opportunity to ask and find answers about Tu B’Shvat, an impetuous to study the Mishna about New Year for trees, and time to imagine about and look forward to a life of living the Land of Israel and harvesting fruit from our own trees on on our land.