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Baha’is commemorate martyrdom of the Bab, forerunner of Baha’u’llah

On July 9, members of the Baha’i Faith commemorate the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Bab ("the gate" in Arabic), one of nine holy days on which members of the Faith suspend work and school.

Baha’is commemorate Ascension of Baha’u’llah

May 29 marks the anniversary of the Ascension of Baha’u'llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. The day is one of nine holy days in the Baha’i calendar when Baha’is suspend work and school.

Celebrating the Declaration of the Bab

“His life is one of the most magnificent examples of courage which it has been the privilege of mankind to behold,” French writer A.L.M. Nicolas said of the Báb (“gate” in Arabic). The Báb—born Siyyid `Alí-Muhammad in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran)—announced on May 22, 1844, that He was the bearer of a Divine Revelation which […]

In a garden of Paradise, the Baha’i Faith takes root

What makes the Festival of Ridvan, celebrated April 21 to May 2, the holiest of days for Baha’is? It commemorates the anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s declaration in 1863 that He was the Promised One of all earlier religions.

With Spring comes the Baha’i New Year

For Baha’is, the New Year comes at a perfect time – March 21 –the vernal equinox, which marks the first day of spring and the end of the Baha’i Faith’s annual Nineteen Day Fast.

‘Days outside of time’ festival reveres eternal essence of God

From sunset Feb. 25 to sunset March 1, Baha’is will be exchanging gifts, getting together with friends and family, and engaging in acts of charity – activities that characterize the festival of Ayyam-i-Ha.

Baha’is commemorate Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

The next holy day event at the Baha’i House of Worship will be held at 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, with a special devotional program commemorating the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, who died at his home in Haifa, Israel, at approximately 1 a.m. on Nov. 28, 1921, at age 77.   

Baha’is to observe two significant holy days

Baha’is will commemorate the Day of the Covenant on Nov. 25, and the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha on Nov. 28.

Baha’is celebrate the Birth of Baha’u'llah

* Original story as published by the Baha’i World News Service On November 12, Baha’is around the globe will celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. Gatherings are held in thousands of localities – in homes, at public facilities, at local and national Baha’i centers, and at Baha’i […]

Birth of Baha’u’llah – Holy Day

by. Cheryll Schuette, Baha’i Editor for Bellaonline Originally published on November 12, 1817, is the anniversary of the birth of Mirza Husayn ‘Ali, who would become the Prophet/Founder of the Baha’i Faith. He was born in Tehran, Persia [Iran] into a wealthy family influential in the court of the Shah. This young man did […]

The Birth of Baha’u’llah

Preethi, in Baha’i Blog, writes a remembrance of the birth of Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, and notes His remarkable childhood.  

Celebrating the Births of the Bab and Baha’u’llah

Celebrating the Birth of the Bab – October 20 Baha’is celebrate the Birth of Baha’u’llah – November 12 “For centuries, all the peoples of the world have awaited the Promised Day of God, a Day when peace and harmony would be established on earth. The dawn of this new Day witnessed the appearance of not […]

Celebrating the Declaration of the Báb, herald of Bahá’u'lláh

"His life is one of the most magnificent examples of courage which it has been the privilege of mankind to behold,” French writer A.L.M. Nicolas said of the Báb (“gate” in Arabic).

Carrboro gets new year off right by e-mailing support for Iran’s Baha’is

It was the perfect end to a perfect 24 hours. The Bahá’ís of Carrboro, North Carolina, had completed the 19-day Fast. Thus renewed, they had celebrated the dawn of a new spiritual year. And in a separate observance marked the beginning of a new Bahá’í month. Now, at the end of the Feast of Bahá […]

Casa Grande Baha’is offer service to the Food Bank for Ayyam-i-Ha

During the past Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, when the local newspaper became filled with stories of people losing their jobs and homes, particularly at a time when prices for essentials such as food and clothing continue to climb, the Food Bank came to the mind of Deb Rodgers, a Baha’i in Casa Grande, Ariz. For […]

The annual Nineteen-Day Fast: a time of spiritual purification

From March 2-20, Baha’is worldwide observe the annual 19-Day Fast by refraining from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset.

Choral Festival invites singers

Singers may still apply to participate in the fifth annual Bahá’í House of Worship Choral Music Festival, set for Memorial Day weekend, May 26–29. Two public devotional concerts and participation in the Holy Day observance on Sunday, May 29, will culminate three days of fellowship, rehearsals, deepenings and other sessions. The festival each year attracts […]

Celebrating the Birth of the Bab

The Bab (1819-1850) was the Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i Faith, whose mission was to proclaim the imminent arrival of "Him Whom God shall make manifest," namely Baha’u'llah (1817-1892), the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. (The title Bab means "the Gate" in Arabic.)

Ayyam-i-Ha, a time of giving and hospitality

Baha’is celebrate the festival of Ayyam-i-Ha each year from sunset on Feb. 25 to sunset of March 1 as a preparation for the Fast, which begins March 2 and ends March 20. During Ayyam-i-Ha, members of the Faith perform acts of charity, give gifts to friends and family, and attend social gatherings.

Fun and games – just in time for Ayyam-i-Ha!

He was ready to call it a night when the wheels started turning. Bobby Picker Jr. jumped out of bed, grabbed some graph paper, and began to draw. "It was very linear when I first started, but now it’s a beautiful piece of artwork,” he said about his creation. “For many, December’s a dilemma”

As Christmas season went into full swing this year, Glen Fullmer’s 7-year-old son came home from school with an assignment: Make a poster illustrating his family holiday traditions.

The extraordinary life of Baha’u’llah

I never dreamed, when I first encountered the Baha’i Faith as a young adult, that one day I would write a book about its Founder, Baha’u'llah, whose birthday Baha’is around the world celebrate November 12.

Celebrating the Birth of Baha’u’llah: Divine teacher for this age

For the last 40 years, Baha’is in the Washington, D.C., area have been hosting a birthday celebration, open to the public, for the most important person in their lives – Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, who was born on Nov. 12, 1817, in Tehran, Persia (now Iran).

Baha’is Commemorate Holy Days

In May Baha’is commemorated two significant holy days: the Declaration of the Bab on May 23rd, and the Ascension of Baha’u'llah, founder of the Baha’i Faith, on May 29th.

Baha’is celebrate Ayyam-i-Ha

 Baha’is in more than 200 countries and territories are celebrating a four-day festival involving hospitality, gift giving, charity and social gatherings.