Ayyam-i-Ha around the corner..


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Redlands, California
About this time of year Baha'is around the world celebrate Ayyam-i-Ha...which are also called Intercalary Days usually for four days but on Leap Years five days of parties and gifts..

Anyone can attend Ayyam-i-Ha parties too..Baha'is and their friends.

The Baha'i year has nineteen months named after the attributes of God and nineteen days in each month which coems to 361 days.. to make up the full solar year of 365 we have Ayyam-i-Ha!

Following the parties and fun is our nineteen day Fast which is fasting from food and drink between sunrise and sunset.. A more somber time of year...but that ends around March 21st Naw-Ruz and we have our New Year and enjoy a great get together for that!

- Art:)
More information:

Ayyam-i-Ha means the days of "Ha" and according to abjad reckoning the letter "Ha" means "five". On leap years we observe five days of Ayyam-i-Ha, but normally only four days.

"Ha" is also an important term as it is part of the name of Baha and:

The letter "Ha" has been given several spiritual
meanings in the Holy Writings, among which is as a
symbol of the Essence of God.

~ Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 178

The days which Thou hast named the Ayyam-i-Ha (the Days of Ha, Intercalary days) in Thy Book have begun, O Thou Who art the King of names, and the fast which Thy most exalted Pen hath enjoined unto all who are in the kingdom of Thy creation to observe is approaching.

~ Baha'u'llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah, p. 65

We have ordained that
these, amid all nights and days, shall be the manifestations
of the letter Ha, and thus they have not been
bounded by the limits of the year and its months.

~ Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 25

With nineteen months a year in the Baha'i calendar and nineteen days in each month that comes to 361 days and so the Intercalary days make up the rest of the solar year of 365.

- Art