Ayyám-i-Há is Coming Soon! What is It? When is It?

The following excerpt from Wikipedia explains the upcoming holiday period of Ayyám-i-Há in the Bahá’í calendar:

“Ayyám-i-Há refers to a period of intercalary days in the Bahá’í calendar, when Bahá’ís celebrate the Festival of Ayyám-i-Há. The four or five days of this period are inserted between the last two months of the calendar (Mulk and `Alá’). The length of Ayyám-i-Há varies according to the timing of the following the vernal equinox so that the next year always starts on the vernal equinox.

“The 2018 dates for this observance are from sunset on Sunday, February 25 to sunset on Thursday, March 1.

“The nineteen months of the Bahá’í calendar are named after the attributes of God. Ayyám-i-Há, which means the “Days of Há” — Há is the Arabic letter corresponding to the English H— commemorates the transcendence of God over his attributes, since its name “Há” has been used as a symbol of the essence of God in the Bahá’í Holy Writings. Under the Arabic abjad system, the letter Há has the numerical value of five, which is equal to the maximum number of days in Ayyam-i-Há.

“During the Festival of Ayyám-i-Há Bahá’ís are encouraged to celebrate God and His oneness by showing love, fellowship and unity. In many instances Bahá’ís give and accept gifts to demonstrate these attributes, and it is sometimes seen as a ‘Bahá’í Christmas,’ but many Baha’is only exchange small gifts because gifts are not the main focus. It is also a time of charity and goodwill and Bahá’ís often participate in various projects of a humanitarian nature.”

Fun Bahá’í-themed gifts may be found at online stores such as Delighted Hearts, Mine Rich in Gems, and A Tiny Seed.

Happy Ayyám-i-Há!!

Arlington Celebrates the Bicentennial!

Bahá’ís in Arlington, Virginia, gathered to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh at two events over the weekend of October 21 and 22, 2017. 

At the Top of the Town, 145 attendees enjoyed a program with Bahá’í prayers & readings, live musical performances, a wonderful children’s program, and an inspiring presentation on the Person of  Bahá’u’lláh. The program was followed by a delicious luncheon & everyone present enjoyed the fabulous terrace views of Washington, D.C. 

In Barton Park, those gathered offered Bahá’í readings to dedicate two trees to Arlington County. Games for the children and plentiful snacks followed the prayers and dedication program.

 

Trees Planting to Commemorate Bicentennial!

Two beautiful black tupelo trees, nyssa sylvatica, were donated and planted today in Barton Park by the Bahá’ís of Arlington County, VA, in honor of the Bicentennial of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh!! Thank you Patrick W of the County Parks Department for all your advice & help!

Come join us in Barton Park for the dedication program on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4:30 PM!