Each year, thousands of Baha’i pilgrims come from around the world to pray and meditate in the Baha’i Shrines and holy sites in the Haifa/Acre area of Israel.
This region of Israel is sacred because it is where the Faith’s prophet founder Baha’u’llah spent his last years and passed away. At Baha’u’llah’s instruction, the spiritual and administrative center of His Faith is also permanently fixed in the Haifa/Acre area.
Pilgrimages serve to not only inspire those individual believers who make them, but to also by bring together Bahá’ís from all over the world and give social cohesion to the Faith.
Bahá’ís are encouraged to undertake a pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. The pilgrimage spans nine days and consists of guided visits to the Holy Shrines, various other sites in the Holy Land associated with the Central Figures of the Faith, and the Terraces and gardens on Mount Carmel.
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“Holy places are undoubtedly centres of the outpouring of Divine grace, because on entering the illumined sites associated with martyrs and holy souls, and by observing reverence, both physical and spiritual, one’s heart is moved with great tenderness.”— `Abdu'l-Bahá