Bahai Holy Days and Commemorative Days
 

World Religion Day (Third Sunday in January): To proclaim the oneness  of religion and the belief that world religion will unify the peoples of  the earth. Baha'i-sponsored observance established in 1950 by the  Baha'is of the United States.

Ayyam-i-ha or Intercalary Days (February 26-March 1): The Ayyam-i-ha,  or "Days of Ha" are devoted to spiritual preparation for the fast,  celebrating, hospitality, charity and gift giving. They are celebrated the  four days, five in leap year, before the last month of the Baha'i year.

Naw-Rúz (March 21): Baha'i New Year's Day astronomically fixed to commence the year on the spring equinox. One of the nine holy days of the  year where work is suspended.

Festival of Ridvan (April 21-May 2): Annual Baha'i festival
 commemorating the 12 days (April 21-May 2, 1863) when Baha'u'llah, the  prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith, resided in a garden called Ridvan (Paradise)  in Baghdad, Iraq. At this time he publicly proclaimed His mission as  God's messenger for this age. The first (April 21), ninth (April 29), and twelfth (May 2) days are celebrated as holy days where work is suspended.

Declaration of the Bab (May 23): Baha'i commemoration of May 23, 1844, when the Bab, the prophet-herald of the Baha'i Faith, announced in Shiraz, Persia, that he was the herald of a new messenger of God. One of the nine holy days of the year where work is suspended.

Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Anniversary, May 29): Baha'i observance of the anniversary of the death in exile of Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith, on May 29, 1892. One of the nine holy days of the year where work is suspended.

Race Unity Day (Second Sunday in June): Baha'i-sponsored observance promoting racial harmony and understanding and the essential unity of humanity. Established in 1957 by the Baha'is of the U.S.

Martyrdom of the Bab (July 9): Baha'i observance of the anniversary of the execution by a firing squad, July 9, 1850, in Tabriz, Persia, of the 30-year-old Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, the Bab, the prophet-herald of the Baha'i Faith. One of the nine holy days of the year where work is suspended.

Birth of the Bab (October 20): Baha'i observance of the anniversary of the birth, October 20, 1819, in Shiraz, Persia, of Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, who later took the title of "the Bab", meaning "the Gate". The Bab was the prophet-herald of the Baha'i Faith. One of the nine holy days of the year where work is suspended.

Birth of Baha'u'llah (November 12): Baha'i observance of the anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah (born Mirza Husayn-'Ali) on November 12, 1817, in Núr, Persia. Baha'u'llah, which means the "Glory of God", was the prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith. One of the nine holy days of the year where work is suspended.

Day of the Covenant (November 26): Festival observed to commemorate Baha'u'llah's appointment of his son, 'Abdu'l-Baha as the Center of His Covenant.