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Holy Days

Bahá’ís commemorate 11 holy days each year. These occasions are usually observed with community gatherings in large or small settings, with programs befitting the significance of the day. 

In 2018 these days are:

21 March:
Naw Rúz, the Bahá’í New Year.
21 April:  First Day of Ridván (meaning “Paradise” in Arabic) — the most important of the Bahá’í holy days. It is the day on which Bahá’u’lláh declared His mission as a Messenger of God. 
29 April:  Ninth Day of Ridván, the day on which Bahá’u’lláh’s family joined Him in the Garden of Ridván.
2 May:  Twelfth Day of Ridván, the day on which Bahá’u’lláh and His family left the garden to travel to Constantinople.
24 May: Declaration of the Báb, the anniversary of the Báb’s announcement of His mission in 1844.
29 May: Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh, marking the passing of Bahá’u’lláh in 1892.
10 July: Martyrdom of the Báb, Who was executed in 1850.
9 November: Birth of the Báb.*
10 November: Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.*
26 November: Day of the Covenant, commemorating Bahá’u’lláh’s appointment of His son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the One to whom His followers should turn after His passing.
28 November: Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, marking the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 1921.

Bahá’ís are enjoined to suspend work on all but the last two of these holy days.

* The Bahá’í Holy Days are set and move according to a solar calendar commencing with the Spring Equinox. However the Holy Days marking the birth days of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh are set and move according to a lunar calculation.

Other special days in 2017/2018:

25–28 February 2017:

25 February  - 1 March 2018:

Ayyám-i-Há (also known as the Intercalary Days), a period of celebration devoted to charity, gift-giving and festivities prior to the annual period of fasting.

1–19 March 2017:

2–20 March 2018:

The month of fasting, during which Bahá’ís from the age of 15 abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. There are exemptions, including for those who are ill, elderly, traveling, pregnant or breastfeeding.

from The Baha'i Community of Canada

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