Ayyám-i-Há

The Bahá’ís of Arlington will be soon be celebrating Ayyám-i-Há (also called Intercalary Days) between February 26 and March 1. During this time of the year, they enjoy fellowship with family and friends, perform acts of service and charity, exchange gifts, and attend social gatherings. Immediately after Ayyám-i-Há, Bahá’ís observe a Fast, when for 19 days, they will not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset.

This year Arlington Bahá’ís will gather on Friday, February 26, at 7:00 PM to celebrate. They welcome guests and friends to join them. To learn more about the gathering, please contact: [email protected]

The Bahá’í calendar follows a solar year and consists of 19 months of 19 days or 361 days. The 4 days or 5 days during a Leap Year are Ayyám-i-Há.

There are no traditional holiday decorations or rituals. Some Bahá’ís decorate their homes, some do not. Ayyám-i-Há is about sharing generosity, joy and love with others.

Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, said of Ayyám-i-Há: “It behoveth the people of Bahá, throughout these days, to provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His Name.”

You may join us on Friday February 26th to celebrate this joyful Bahá’í holiday. The theme will be Oneness. We will share prayers, delicious food, and have lots of time to talk. To learn more, email: [email protected]

To learn more about the Bahá’í calendar, click here: http://www.bahai.us/bahai-calendar