Baha'i Faith

God is one, not only lyrics in a song but when contemplated a profound understanding of the Divine unity of all the religions.

God has never left us alone, God has always guided mankind. All around the world in all the different cultures their is mention of a spiritual being that show us the way to live together. Each new revelation builds on the one before it. Changing some of the social law, and enhancing the spiritual teaching like love and unity, with an emphasis on spirituality that leads us back to our Creator. This a way of life that increases our chances of being better and happier individuals. We can then help improve society and the world around us. Future generations are dependent on us.

The teachings of Baha’u'llah explain how religion should be a source of unity and not contention.

“O ye that dwell on earth! The religion of God is for love and unity; make it not the cause of enmity or dissension. In the eyes of men of insight and the beholders of the Most Sublime Vision, whatsoever are the effective means for safeguarding and promoting the happiness and welfare of the children of men have already been revealed by the Pen of Glory.”

Tablets of Baha’u’llah p.220

Baha’i Holy Days

The Bahá’í calendar and holy days

The Bahá’í calendar takes, as its starting point, the equinox marking the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, which falls on 21 March according to the Gregorian calendar. The year is made up of nineteen months of nineteen days each, with four or five days added between the eighteenth and nineteenth months to complete the annual cycle. The nineteenth month is a period of fasting and spiritual preparation for the New Year. In 2010, the principal holy days fall on the following dates:

Ayyam-i-ha or Intercalary Days (Feb. 26-March 1): 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): The Baha’i New Year’s Day coincides with the spring equinox. Naw-Ruz is an ancient Persian festival celebrating the “new day” and for Baha’is it marks the end of the annual 19-Day Fast and is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Festival of Ridvan (April 21-May 2): The annual Baha’i festival commemorates the 12 days (April 21-May 2, 1863) when Baha’u’llah, the 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 to the followers of the Báb. The first (April 21), ninth (April 29) and twelfth (May 2) days are celebrated as holy days when work is suspended.  

Declaration of the Bab (May 23): The Baha’i commemorates the day in 1844, when the Bab, the herald of the Baha’i Faith, announced in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), that he was the herald of a new messenger of God. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Ascension of Baha’u’llah (May 29): Baha’is observe the anniversary of the death in exile of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, on May 29, 1892, outside Akko (also known as Akka or Acre), in what is now northern Israel. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Race Unity Day (Second Sunday in June): The Baha’i-sponsored observance promotes racial harmony and understanding and the essential unity of humanity. It was established in 1957 by the Baha’is of the U.S.

Martyrdom of the Bab (July 9): The holy day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Bab (Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad), the herald of the Baha’i Faith, by a firing squad on July 9, 1850, in Tabriz, Persia (now Iran). It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Birth of the Bab (Oct. 20): The day is an observance of the anniversary of the birth on Oct. 20, 1819, in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), of Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad, who later took the title of “the Bab,” meaning “the Gate.” The Bab was the herald of the Baha’i Faith. The day is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Birth of Baha’u’llah (Nov. 12): Baha’is observe the anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah (born Mirza Husayn-‘Ali) on Nov. 12, 1817, in Tehran, Persia (now Iran). Baha’u’llah, which means the “Glory of God,” is the founder of the Baha’i Faith. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Day of the Covenant (Nov. 26): The festival commemorates Baha’u’llah’s appointment of his eldest son, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, as the Center of His Covenant.

Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Nov 28): Baha’is observe the anniversary of the death of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, son of Baha’u'llah and His appointed succesor, on Nov 28, 1921 in Haifa, in what is now northern Israel.


The diversity among cultures is perceived as the source of harmony in human relations, as expressed in this statement of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:

If in a garden the flowers and fragrant herbs, the blossoms and fruits, the leaves, branches and trees are of one kind, of one form, of one color and of one arrangement, there is no beauty or sweetness, but when there is variety, each will contribute to the beauty and charm of the others and will make an admirable garden, and will appear in the utmost loveliness, freshness and sweetness. Likewise, when difference and variety of thoughts, forms, opinions, characters and morals of the world of mankind come under the control of one Supreme Power and the influence of the Word of the One True God, they will appear and be displayed in the most perfect glory, beauty, exaltation and perfection. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 295)

1. There is only one God – we just call him by different names because of the different languages we speak
2. Men and Women are equal
3. Education is universal and compulsory
4. Prejudices of all kinds must be eradicated
5. Extreme wealth and extreme poverty should be eliminated
6. Religion and science must agree, they must work together
7. Universal Peace upheld by a world government – the United Nations Perhaps?
8. One must independently search for truth
9. Religion is progressive


   Welcome to This is a brief introduction to the Baha’i Faith. You will find links with a variety of information. Some contain the extensive  writings of the faith, others with pictures of the Holy Land and the Baha’i shrines.

The Bahá’í Faith

The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. Its founder, Bahá’u'lláh (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahá’ís as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.

The central theme of Bahá’u'lláh’s message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society. God, Bahá’u'lláh said, has set in motion historical forces that are breaking down traditional barriers of race, class, creed, and nation and that will, in time, give birth to a universal civilization. The principal challenge facing the peoples of the earth is to accept the fact of their oneness and to assist the processes of unification.

Baha’i History

Basic time line:

1817 Nov. 12,  Birth of Baha’u'llah

1819 Oct. 20,   Birth of Bab

1844 May 23, Declaration of the Bab

1844 May 23,  Birth of Abdu’l-Baha

1850 July 9th, Martyrdom of the Bab

1863 May 23, Declaration of Baha’u'llah

1892 May 29, Ascension of Baha’u'llah

1921 Nov.28 Ascention of Abdu’l-Baha

1963 Election of Universal House of Justice


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