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First day of Ridván

April 21

Festival of Ridván: This annual Bahá’í festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. Elections for local, national and international Bahá’í institutions are generally held during the Festival of Ridvan. The first (April 20 or 21), ninth (April 28 or

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7:00 am

First Day of Ridván

April 21 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
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9:15 am

Morning Devotions

April 21 @ 9:15 am - 9:30 am
Temple Auditorium

Devotions consist of prayers and other sacred writings. They are recited, chanted or sung, without sermons or commentary.

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12:30 pm

Afternoon Devotions with Choir

April 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Baha’i House of Worship, 100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091, USA, 2 Linden Ave
Wilmette, IL United States
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Devotions consist of prayers and other sacred writings. They are recited, chanted or sung, without sermons or commentary. On Sundays the program includes the House of Worship Choir or other a cappella music.

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1:15 pm

Presentation on the Baha’i Faith

April 21 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Baha’i Temple Welcome Center, 112 Linden Ave
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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A brief overview of the history and teachings of the Baha'i Faith, followed by a question and answer period. Light refreshments are served. Open to all. Held in the lower level of the Welcome Center.

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3:00 pm

First Day of Ridván

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Baha’i House of Worship, 100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091, USA, 100 Linden Ave
Wilmette, IL United States
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All are welcome to join the celebrations of the Festival of Ridván at the Bahá’í House of Worship, April 21–May 2. Ridván, an Arabic word meaning “Paradise,” is a joyous 12-day festival commemorating Bahá’u’lláh’s public announcement of His mission to unify humankind through the building of a peaceful and just world civilization based on spiritual

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About the Bahá’í Calendar and Holy Days

The Baha’i Faith has its own calendar, called the Badí’ Calendar. It is a solar calendar consisting of 19 months of 19 days each (361 days), plus “Intercalary Days” (four in ordinary years and five in leap years) to adjust the calendar to the solar year. The days and months are named after the attributes of God. The Nineteen Day Feast, the primary community gathering for Baha’is in each town and city, is held on the first day of each Baha’i month. Eleven Holy Days mark significant events in Baha’i history.

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