Calendar of Baha’i Holy Days

Baha’i Holy Days are a joyous time of feasting, fellowship and praising of God. Family and friends of Baha’is, as well as seekers of the truth are all welcome to share in the food, spiritual readings, music and presentations

March 21 Naw Ruz Baha’is celebrate the New Year

April 21 Festival of Ridvan
April 29 The ninth day of Ridvan
May 2 The twelfth day of Ridvan
The word “Ridvan” means “Paradise”. For twelve days, April 21 to May 2, Baha’is celebrate the period in 1863 when Baha’u'llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith resided in a garden in Baghdad which He called “the Garden of Ridvan.” During this period Baha’u'llah proclaimed his mission as God’s messenger for this age. (Baha’u'llah deemed the ninth day of Ridvan as the holiest day of the year. He did not explain why, but this is the day that His Establisher, Dr. Leland Jensen, made his proclamation in 1971)

May 23 The anniversary of the declaration of the Bab
May 23, 1844 marks the beginnings of the Baha’i Faith in Shiraz, Persia (Iran). The Bab, which means the “Gate”, proclaimed on that date that he was not only the founder of an independent religion, but the herald of a new and greater prophet or messenger of God, Who would usher in an age of peace for all mankind.

May 29 The anniversary of the ascension of Baha’u'llah
Baha’u'llah, the second coming of Christ and Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, passed away in 1892 near Akka, Palestine (Israel).

July 9 The anniversary of the martyrdom of the Bab
On July 9, Baha’is commemorate the execution of the Bab. He Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i Faith, on that date in 1850 in Tabriz, Persia (Iran).

August 6 The anniversary of the ascension of Dr. Leland Jensen
Dr. Leland Jensen, Establisher of the Baha’i Faith, seventh angel and knight of Baha’u'llah, passed peacefully on this day in 1996.

August 22 The anniversary of the birth of Dr. Leland Jensen
Baha’is commemorate the birth of Dr. Leland (the land) Jensen, the prophesied Establisher of the Baha’i Faith. Dr. Jensen was born in 1914.

October 20 The anniversary of the birth of the Bab
Baha’is commemorate the birth of the Bab (the “Gate”) the Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i Faith. The Bab was born in 1819.

November 12 The anniversary of the birth of Baha’u'llah
Baha’is commemorate the birth of Baha’u'llah the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. Baha’u'llah was born in 1817.

November 28 The anniversary of the ascension of Abdu’l Baha
Baha’is commemorate the passing of Abdu’l Baha, son of the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. He passed in Haifa, Palestine in 1921.

February 25 – March 1 Ayyam-i-Ha (Intercalary Days)
The Baha’i calendar is made up of 19 months of 19 days each. The period of Ayyam-i-Ha adjusts the Baha’i year to the solar cycle. These days are set aside for hospitality, gift-giving, special acts of charity, and preparing for the Baha’i Fast.

March 2 – March 20 The fast
Baha’is fast for 19 days from sunrise to sunset, setting aside time for prayer and meditation. Children under the age of 15, individuals who are ill, travelers, the elderly, pregnant women and nursing mothers are exempt from the fast.

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