Baha’i

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.

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 lsaofarlingtonva@gmail.com and we would be happy to provide you with further information.