Bahá’ís Celebrating the Most Holy Days of the Year

At sunset, April 19, Bahá’ís in Arlington and around the world begin the 12-day celebration of Ridván, the holiest days of the year for Bahá’ís, commemorating the public declaration in 1863 of the Mission of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Bahá’ís globally will gather to worship and to elect their Spiritual Assemblies, the local governing bodies in the community.

This year, 2017, also marks the Bicentennial of Bahá’u’lláh’s Birth, to be celebrated in October.

He said: “The Divine Springtime is come, O Most Exalted Pen, for the Festival of the All-Merciful is fast approaching. Bestir thyself, and magnify, before the entire creation, the name of God, and celebrate His praise, in such wise that all created things may be regenerated and made new. Speak, and hold not thy peace. The day star of blissfulness shineth above the horizon of Our name, the Blissful, inasmuch as the kingdom of the name of God hath been adorned with the ornament of the name of thy Lord, the Creator of the heavens. Arise before the nations of the earth, and arm thyself with the power of this Most Great Name, and be not of those who tarry.”

Bahá’ís Celebrate Naw-Rúz, the New Year

The Bahá’í New Year festival known as Naw-Rúz (literally “New Day”) is held on the spring equinox, March 20, 2017, but the celebrations will begin the evening before, on March 19, because the Bahá’í day begins at sunset.

The Bahá’í community in Arlington, Virginia, will observe the Holy Day at a gathering at Bon Air Park for prayers, songs, sharing and food – the morning of Monday, March 20.

The festival comes at the end of a 19-day fast in which adult Bahá’ís have abstained from food and drink between sunrise and sunset as a reminder of the need for individuals to be detached from their material desires.

Naw-Rúz is the first day of the first of 19 months in the Bahá’í calendar, which was initiated by the Báb, the Forerunner of the Faith’s Prophet-Founder, Bahá’u’lláh, who later confirmed it.

To learn more about Naw-Rúz, click here. To contact the Baha’i community in Arlington, click above.

Women for Spiritual Justice respond to societal disintegration

How are you responding to the “distrust that pits neighbor against neighbor and severs family ties” or “the antagonism of so much of what passes for social discourse” in these days?

If you are a small group of women in northern Virginia, you have been gathering together to pray, to share your minds and hearts, to reflect, to study together, and to commit to lives of action based on spiritual justice for all human beings.

Calling the gathering, Women for Spiritual Justice, they met three times in February 2017, and will continue to meet, to offer one another support, and to offer their lives to help transform their social, familial, professional, and political environments. To assist in creating a common understanding and help focus their spiritual intention, they are studying a paper by the Bahá’í-inspired Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity,  called “Advancing Toward the Equality of Women and Men.”

Maybe you and your friends would benefit from such an initiative! Maybe you would like to join this one. Feel free to contact us.

The year 2017 is the Bicentennial of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

The Arlington Bahá’í community is happy to join with others around the world who are preparing to celebrate and honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, on October 22, 2017.

Entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, Akka, Israel

Bahá’ís recognize Bahá’u’lláh “…as the Judge, the Lawgiver and Redeemer of all mankind, as the Organizer of the entire planet, as the Unifier of the children of men, as the Inaugurator of the long-awaited millennium, as the Originator of a new ‘Universal Cycle,’ as the Establisher of the Most Great Peace, as the Fountain of the Most Great Justice, as the Proclaimer of the coming of age of the entire human race, as the Creator of a new World Order, and as the Inspirer and Founder of a world civilization.

“To Israel He was neither more nor less than the incarnation of the ‘Everlasting Father,’ the ‘Lord of Hosts’ come down ‘with ten thousands of saints’; to Christendom Christ returned ‘in the glory of the Father,’ to Shí’ah Islám the return of the Imám Husayn; to Sunní Islám the descent of the ‘Spirit of God’ (Jesus Christ); to the Zoroastrians the promised Sháh-Bahrám; to the Hindus the reincarnation of Krishna; to the Buddhists the fifth Buddha.”

We look forward to celebrating this joyous occasion with followers from all religions and with the people from all corners of the planet.