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February 2019

Feast of Dominion

7 February

This is the first day of the eighteenth month in the Bahá'í year, called Mulk (meaning 'dominion').  Each year has nineteen months of nineteen days each, with the Intercalary Days falling at the end of February.  On the first day of…

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Intercalary Days (Ayyam-i-Ha)

26 February - 1 March

The Ayyam-i-Ha (or Intercalary Days) are a period of time when Bahá'ís focus more than usually on hospitality, charity, giving gifts and preparing for the month of fasting. The Ayyam-i-Ha are of four or five days' duration.  They are the days that fall outside the…

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March 2019

Feast of Loftiness

2 March

This is the first day of the nineteenth and last month in the Bahá'í year, called 'Ala (meaning 'loftiness').  Each year has nineteen months of nineteen days each, with the Intercalary Days falling at the end of February.  On the first…

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Feast of Splendour

21 March

This is the first day of the first month in the Bahá'í year, called Bahá (meaning 'splendour' or 'glory').  Each year has nineteen months of nineteen days each, with the Intercalary Days falling at the end of February.  On the first day…

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Festival of Naw-Ruz (New Year)

21 March

Naw Rúz is the ancient Persian festival marking the beginning of spring (the spring equinox) and the start of a new year.  For Bahá'ís it is also the day that marks the end of the month of fasting. Naw-Rúz is…

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April 2019

Feast of Glory

9 April

This is the first day of the second month in the Bahá'í year, called Jalal (meaning 'glory').  Each year has nineteen months of nineteen days each, with the Intercalary Days falling at the end of February.  On the first day of every…

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Festival of Ridvan

21 April

The Festival of Ridván (meaning Paradise), April 20–May 1, marks the anniversary of the start of the Bahá’í Faith in 1863. In a garden outside of Baghdad in present-day Iraq, Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, announced that he…

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Feast of Beauty

28 April

This is the first day of the third month in the Bahá'í year, called Bahá (meaning 'splendour' or 'glory').  Each year has nineteen months of nineteen days each, with the Intercalary Days falling at the end of February.  On the first day…

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Ninth day of Ridvan

29 April

This is the ninth day of the Festival of Ridván (meaning Paradise), April 20–May 1, and is one of the nine Holy Days on which Bahá'ís do not attend work or school.

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May 2019

Twelfth day of Ridvan

2 May

This is the twelfth and final day of the Festival of Ridván (meaning Paradise), April 20–May 1, and is one of the nine Holy Days on which Bahá'ís do not attend work or school.

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