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Feast of Honour

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The Baha’i year consists of 19 months of 19 days each. The months are named after the attributes of God. Each Baha’i community holds a Nineteen Day Feast on the first day of each Baha’i month.

The Feast has spiritual, administrative and social functions and is the primary locus of fellowship and community decision-making in each Baha’i locality.

Some Reflections for the Feast of Honour (Sharaf in Arabic) – begins at sunset Dec 30


Photo by Ronnie Y. Bindra

“The day is approaching when the intervening clouds will have been completely dissipated, when the light of the words, “All honor belongeth unto God and unto them that love Him,” will have appeared, as manifest as the sun, above the horizon of the Will of the Almighty.”

– Bahá’u'lláh

“It is certain that man’s highest distinction is to be lowly before 
and obedient to his God; that his greatest glory, his most exalted rank and honor, depend on his close observance of the Divine commands and prohibitions. Religion is the light of the world, and the progress, achievement, and happiness of man result from obedience to the laws set down in the holy Books.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

 “. .  . it behooveth them to shake the dust of every land which they have passed by off their shoes and to be with God and without need of the rich—although their bed is the soil, their light is the stars of the sky and their food is the herbs of the desert—because theirs is the wealth of the Kingdom, the honor of the realm of might and the bounty of the divine world; and they are not in want of this world and its cares. Their throne is the mat of humility, their honor is in suffering every lowliness in the path of the Loving Lord and their wealth is being empty-handed from the pomps of the world and its vanities and their provision is trusting in God and being severed from all that is on the earth and its wealth.”

– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá


View photos on the website “Nineteen Months” taken by photographers inspired by reflection on the month of Honour – nineteenmonths.com is an international collaborative photo blog using spirituality to inspire photographers and in turn, inspire others.