The Baha'i Fast is nineteen days... between sunrise and sunset. We abstain from solid and liquid food..water, etc. Baha'is fast between the ages of fifteen and seventy years of age. Those who are ill or have medical conditions where fasting is not recommended by a doctor are exempt. I've decided to resolve my focus on the prayers for the fast this year and see if I can have an opportunity to perform an act of service... I suppose one of the virtues of the fast is that of detachment and these days being detached is for me a blessing: "O my Lord! Suffer me to be detached from aught else save Thee, to hold fast to the hem of Thy bounty, to be wholly devoted to Thy Faith, to remain fast and firm in Thy love and to observe what Thou hast prescribed in Thy Book." "We are servants of Thine that have turned with devotion to Thy Holy Face, that have detached ourselves from all besides Thee in this glorious Day" There are I think certain advantages to the Baha'i Fast... If we are ill and miss a day or more of fasting... there are no make-ups needed later on... People who are working in heavy labor during the day are exempt from fasting... The Baha'i Fast is close to Spring time..actually ends on the vernal equinox or Naw-Ruz each year... so we don't have a problem with fasting in extremely hot months of the year. People who are travelling over nine hours a day are exempt from fasting... of course I think travelling as more of the kind of travelling people used to do on horse back... more arduous and difficult than we do today...with automobiles, aeroplanes and trains.