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.

Arlington Bahá’ís Celebrate “Twin Holy Days”

3-2008 Shrine BabThe Arlington, VA Bahá’í community will join with Bahá’ís around the world beginning during the evening of November 12, and on November 13 and 14, to observe two of the most significant and joyous occasions in the Bahá’í calendar: the Births of the Báb and of Bahá’u’lláh, the Manifestations of God Who were the Founders of the Bahá’í Faith.

This year, 2015, marks the first time there will be simultaneous global celebrations of these Holy Days.

Shastri Purushotma wrote an excellent article in the Huffington Post, explaining the global celebrations and the background of coordinated solar and lunar calendars.

Our community invites you to join us in Arlington or in Falls Church to celebrate these Holy Days.  Please contact us at and we would be happy to provide you with further information.

Martyrdom of the Báb

This Bahá’í Holy Day, in particular, evokes feelings of awe, sadness, and wonder. The Arlington Bahá’ís observed the Martyrdom of the Báb – Friday, July 10, 2015 – at the Arlington Women’s Club. The highlight of the event was a dramatic representation created by actors and musicians from Canada of the execution of the Báb in the public square of Tabriz, Iran on this date 165 years ago.


Baha’is and Buddhists to Co-facilitate a Meditation Gathering on Sunday, October 28

Photo courtesy of Omkara World.

People of all faiths are warmly invited to share in the pre-Thanksgiving, stress-free authentic meditations facilitated by interfaith teams from six faiths in the DC metro area. The primary intention of the meditation series is to enhance individual and collective wellness across traditional religious lines. The gatherings will be held in synagogues, churches, mosques, universities, and temples.

This week’s meditation will be hosted by Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possart of the Baha’i Faith and Ani Rinchen Khandro of the Buddhist Faith on Sunday, October 28, 11:00AM to 12:30PM at the Baha’i Center of Washington, D.C. The address is 5713 16th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. There are no required fees to attend this event, but there is a suggested donation of $10-15.

Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possart is an author, psychologist, and educational & organizational consultant who works with mindfulness to facilitate bringing together mind, body, and soul.

Ani Rinchen Khandro is a Buddhist nun from the Kunzang Palyul Choling Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Poolesville, Maryland. She has traveled and taught meditation classes extensively, and has been instrumental in establishing Buddhist meditation programs in several Maryland state prisons.

Learn more about the Interfaith Meditation Initiative here. For more information on the Baha’i Faith, contact the Baha’is of Arlington, VA.