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Some Resources for Bahá’í Holy Days, Anniversaries & special occasions in the Bahá’í calendar: 2017 (174 B.E.)
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Bahá’í Holy Days and Anniversaries 2017

Happy Ayyám-i-HáHappy Ayyám-i-Há 2017

The Bahá’í Fast – March 1st – March 19th: Bahá’í Fast Sunrise & Sunset 2017 for Phoenix, Arizona. Sunrise & Sunset times with readings - Daily Readings for the Nineteen Bahá’í Fast 2017 (for Phoenix, AZ)

Naw-Rúz: The links below contain more information about Holy Day Observance of the Naw-Rúz, the Bahá’í New Year, which begins on the evening of March 19th (the end of the Bahá’í Fast) and ends at sunset March 20.

Naw-Rúz program 2017Naw-Rúz 174-March 20 2017 BE (PowerPoint)Naw-Rúz 174-March 20 2017 BE (pdf format) 

Ridván: Ridván means paradise, and is named for the Garden of Ridván outside Baghdad, where Bahá’u'lláh stayed for twelve days in April 1863 after the Ottoman Empire exiled him from the city and before commencing his journey to Constantinople. There are three significant Holy Days during the Ridván Festival: the first day of Ridván on April 20th marks Bahá’u'lláh’s arrival, the 9th day, April 28th, the arrival of his family and the 12th, May 1st, day for their departure from the Ridván garden.

Resources: Happy Ridván 2017-PowerPointHappy Ridván 2017-pdf formatRidván & the Station of Bahá’u’lláh

Declaration of the Báb: May 23rd is day when Bahá’ís commemorate the Báb’s declaration, the herald of the Bahá’í Faith – in which He announced in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran) on the evening May 22nd 1844 – two hours after sunset – that He was the herald of a new messenger of God.

The Declaration of the Báb – a suggested program 2017Writings & Meditations from the Báb

Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh: On May 28th, at 3 a.m., Bahá’ís observe the anniversary of the passing of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith – who was in exile outside Akká (also known as Akká or Acre), in what is now northern Israel.

Program for the Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh 2017Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh

Martyrdom of the Báb: July 9th, 12 noon. The Báb, Forerunner to Bahá’u’lláh. proclaimed a New Day was dawning and the coming of Baha’u'llah would fulfill all the prophecies of the past. His Message, like that of Christ, brought the wrath of the religious leaders of the time and he was martyred in July of 1850.

Resources: Program for the Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Báb 2017Writings & Meditations from the Báb-2017Martyrdom of the Báb – The Dawn-BreakersParallels between the Lives of Christ and the Báb-revised June 2014

Birth of the Báb: The day is an observance of the anniversary of the birth on October 21st. The Báb was born in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran) in 1819, of Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad, who later took the title of “the Báb,” meaning “the Gate.” The Báb was the herald of the Bahá’í Faith. The day is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

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Birth of Bahá’u’lláh: Bahá’ís observe the anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh on October 22nd (born Mirza Husayn-’Ali) in Tehran, Persia (now Iran) in 1817. Bahá’u’lláh, which means the “Glory of God,” is the founder of the Bahá’í Faith. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Resources: posted when available

Day of the Covenant (November 25th) and Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (November 27th, 1 a.m.)

Resources: posted when available

 

“Nine days in the year have been appointed on which work is forbidden. Some of these days have been specifically mentioned in the Book (i.e. Kitáb-i-Aqdas). The rest follows as corollaries to the Text…. Work on the Day of the Covenant (Fete Day of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá), however, is not prohibited. Celebration of that day is left to the discretion of the friends. Its observation is not obligatory. The days pertaining to the Abhá Beauty (Bahá’u’lláh) and the Primal Point (the Báb), that is to say these nine days*, are the only ones on which work connected with trade, commerce, industry and agriculture is not allowed. In like manner, work connected with any form of employment, whether governmental or otherwise, should be suspended.” [*The first day of Ridván; The ninth day of Ridván; The twelfth day of Ridván; The anniversary of the declaration of the Báb; The anniversary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh; The anniversary of the birth of the Báb; The anniversary of the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh; The anniversary of the martyrdom of the Báb; The Feast of Naw-Rúz] {Source: Bahá’í World, Vol. 6, 1934-1936, pp. 419}

Note: Changes for some Holy Days dates will commence in 2015 based on the guidance of the Universal House of Justice in July of 2014: UHJ 7-10-14 Regularize Observance of Feasts and Holy Days Worldwide (English)UHJ proved Significant Bahá’í Dates for Feast dates & Holy DaysUHJ 50 Year Calendar

 

Additional Holy Day programs, readings and presentations will be posted as the Holy days occur throughout the year

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