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Holy Days

Bahá’ís commemorate 11 holy days each year. These occasions are usually observed with community gatherings in large or small settings, open to all, with programs befitting the significance of the day.

HOLY DAYS 2020

20 March - Naw Rúz
The Bahá’í New Year.

20 April - First Day of Ridván
Ridván means 'Paradise' in Arabic. It is the most important of the Bahá’í holy days. It is the day on which Bahá’u’lláh declared His mission as a Manifestation of God.

28 April - Ninth Day of Ridván
The day on which Bahá’u’lláh’s family joined Him in the Garden of Ridván.

1 May - Twelfth Day of Ridván
The day on which Bahá’u’lláh and His family left the garden to travel to Constantinople.

23 May - Declaration of the Báb
The anniversary of the Báb’s announcement of His mission in 1844.

28 May - Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh
Marking the passing of Bahá’u’lláh in 1892.

9 July - Martyrdom of the Báb
The Báb was executed in 1850.

18 October 2020 - Birth of the Báb
19 October 2020 - Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

The Bahá’í Holy Days are set according to a solar calendar commencing with the Spring Equinox. However the Holy Days marking the birth days of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh are set according to a lunar calculation.

25 November - Day of the Covenant*
Commemorating Bahá’u’lláh’s appointment of His son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the One to whom His followers should turn after His passing.

27 November - Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá*
Marking the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 1921.

*Bahá’ís suspend work on all but the last two of these holy days.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT PERIODS

26 February–29 February - Ayyám-i-Há
Also known as the Intercalary Days, Ayyám-i-Há is a period of celebration devoted to charity, gift-giving and festivities prior to the annual period of fasting.

1
–19 March - The Month of Fasting
During this month, Bahá’ís from the age of 15 abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. There are exemptions, including for those who are ill, elderly, traveling, pregnant or nursing.
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