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.


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.

Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years in Prison for the Seven Baha’i Leaders

On May 14, the five men and two women that once comprised the unofficial Iranian Bahá’í leadership group known as the Yárán mark the completion of seven long years of imprisonment―difficult years that represent less than half of the manifestly unjust 20-year sentences they received in court proceedings that were not a trial but a travesty. Their continuing incarceration is but one facet of a ceaseless campaign of harassment, deprivations, and violent attacks the Bahá’ís of Iran have been forced to endure for well over three decades, a campaign of hate and repression unashamedly sponsored by the Iranian regime.

 Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years in Prison for the Seven Baha’i Leaders

Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years in Prison for the Seven Baha’i Leaders

Arlington Bahá’ís are joining people around the world in a global campaign from 14 May through 21 May to mark the seventh anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders. Among them is Mahvash Sabet – a schoolteacher and mother of two – whose prison poetry we share:

Please remember Sabet and her companions, and join us in raising awareness of the persecution of the Bahá’ís of Iran.