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.

One Humankind In Music

During the recent of commemoration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., three Arlington Baha’is sang with the Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale at three different celebrations — in Alexandria VA, College Park MD, and Mt. Vernon VA.

The Metropolitan Washington Baha'i Chorale before a recent performance

The Metropolitan Washington Baha’i Chorale before a recent performance

Following these performances, they will be joining a concert and program organized by Mosaic Harmony and featuring choirs from Bahai, Muslim, Jewish and Interfaith choirs.

“We have made music a ladder by which souls may ascend to the realm on high.” ~ Baha’u’llah

This interfaith event called “One Humankind In Music” will take place on Monday, February 1st from 7:00pm until 8:30pm at
Unity of Fairfax
2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton VA 22124

Hope you can join and celebrate our oneness through music!

Arlington Baha’is Sing for Unity

“We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high” ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Three Arlington Bahá’í sing with the Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale, a group of amateur singers whose youngest and eldest members are separated by more than 70 years of age difference yet united by their love for uplifting songs about peace and unity.

Arlington Baha'is Sing with the Metropolitan Washington Baha'i Chorale

Arlington Baha’is Sing with the Metropolitan Washington Baha’i Chorale

The Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale is committed to promoting the oneness of religion and unity of mankind. Dorie Arbach has been serving as its Director since 2004. Former Director, Van Gilmer, is now the Director of Music at the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois and the Director of the Annual Bahá’í Chorale Festival held there each May. Music sang by the Chorale is based upon Bahá’í Writings but includes also a variety of songs that promotes unity and worship of the Creator.

Founded in the 1970s, the Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale has performed at interfaith events throughout the Washington area, in Ontario, Canada, and at Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, IL. Some of the Chorale’s recent performances, ranging from intimate venues to 2000-strong audiences include:

The chorale generally rehearses every Sunday at the Washington Bahá’í Center from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

You are cordially invited to the Chorale’s next concert, concluding its 2014/2015 season on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 11:00 am, to be held at the Washington DC Bahá’í Center at 5713 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20011.