The Baha’ís in Arlington begin celebrating their holiest religious festival at sunset on Sunday, April 20, 2014. It is also the time during which the community will elect a new Local Spiritual Assembly, the governing body for the Arlington Baha’í community.
The Festival of Ridvan is a twelve-day period commemorating Baha’u’llah’s announcement of His claim to prophethood and his departure from Baghdad in 1863, observed from sunset 20 April to sunset, 2 May. The first, ninth and twelfth days of Ridvan are major Bahá’í holy days on which work should be suspended.* Baha’i elections are normally held during Ridvan. The name derives from the Najibiyyih Garden in Baghdad where Baha’u’llah stayed during this period and to which He gave the name Ridvan (Paradise).
How would you feel if you knew that the Creator has made a promise to never leave humanity alone and send Divine Educators to guide us, Baha’u’llah being the most current one? And what if He provided means to guarantee the unity of His followers — an eternal Covenant.
To honor this unique Baha’i Holy Day, this Monday evening, Nov 25, a Baha’i family in Arlington will host a fireside discussion on the Covenant of Baha’u’llah. Please join us for what promises to be an informative and engaging evening.
Two days later, on Wednesday evening, Nov 27, another community member will host a commemoration of the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha with a diverse program including devotions and the Arlington premiere of a historic documentary about the journey of the Son of Baha’u’llah to North America.
Please contact us if interested in joining us for either of these inspiring events.
As Baha’is around the world prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, the Baha’is of Arlington County are getting ready for a celebration which will include a potluck dinner, live music, puppet theater, and a devotional program. The celebration will take place at 6 pm on Monday, November 11th, 2013 at the historic Carlin Hall at 5711 4th Street South, Arlington, VA 22204 and is open to all.
Using the arts in celebrating the Birth of Baha’u’llah
Baha’u’llah – a title that means The Glory of God – was born Mirza Husayn Ali in 1817 in Tehran, Persia. His son, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, said:
“The Blessed Perfection, Bahá’u’lláh, belonged to the nobility of Persia. From earliest childhood He was distinguished among His relatives and friends. They said, “This child has extraordinary power.” In wisdom, intelligence and as a source of new knowledge, He was advanced beyond His age and superior to His surroundings. All who knew Him were astonished at His precocity.”
~‘Abdu’l-Baha, Promulgation of Universal Peace
In one His tablets addressing the rulers of the world, Baha’u’llah recounts a story from His childhood in which seeing a puppet show of a grand display of the might and power of the ruling elite made Him reflect on the insignificance of earthly power and might.
Baha’u’llah eschewed a life of privilege, instead dedicating all His efforts to guiding humanity towards the establishment of a spiritual civilization and universal peace. In this — the goal of the Baha’i Faith — the arts have an essential and fascinating role to play. Bahá’ís believe the arts are not at the periphery of our existence but rather are at the very heart of it.
May we all, through community building and the use of the arts celebrate this Holy Day in exaltation!
“Arts, crafts and sciences uplift the world of being, and are conducive to its exaltation.”
A picnic-gathering of Bahá’ís in northern Virginia to celebrate the Birth of the Báb, the Herald Prophet of the Bahá’í Faith, will be held on Sunday, October 20, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at the Cherry Hill Park in Falls Church, VA.
The Holy Day program including music, prayers and readings, storytelling around the firm, and children’s activities, will begin at 2:00 pm. Hot dogs will be provided; bring food for all to enjoy. Please join us, families and children, one and all!
*The park is located in the 300 block of Park Av.,
one block north of West Broad St.(Route 7), two blocks west of Washington St. (Rte 29)
and behind City Hall and the Community Center