Birth of the Bab to be commemorated on November 6th

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  1. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

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    On Saturday November 6th, Baha’is everywhere will begin joyously celebrating the birthday of the Bab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah and the founder of the Babi Faith — and you’re invited!

    Observed each year in October or November, the Bab’s birthday marks the first of two successive Baha’i Holy Days. Celebrated on the following day this year — Sunday, October 19, 2020 — the birthday of Baha’u’llah caps these Twin Holy Days with another important celebration, together creating one of the happiest and most delightful times of the year throughout the global Baha’i community.

    Baha’u’llah, in his “Most Holy Book,” asked the Baha’is to celebrate a feast of unity, joy, and commemoration on each of these two special days, making them second in importance in the Baha’i calendar to the two “Most Great Festivals,” which commemorate the Declaration of Baha’u’llah in the garden of Ridvan in 1863 and the Declaration of the Bab in Shiraz in 1844. In his “Most Holy Book,” Baha’u’llah wrote:

    All Feasts have attained their consummation in the two Most Great Festivals, and in the two other Festivals that fall on the twin days … Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the Ordainer, the Omniscient.

    The first of these Twin Holy Days commemorates the birthday of the Bab, whose title means “the gate.” The Bab, as Baha’u’llah’s predecessor and as a prophet of God in his own right, unlocked the metaphorical gate of the advent of a new age of fulfillment and maturation for all humanity. His revelation’s primary mission — to herald the arrival of a divinely-inspired spiritual educator the Bab referred to as “He Whom God shall make manifest” — opened the way for the coming of Baha’u’llah:

    Denounce ye not one another, ere the Day-Star of ancient eternity shineth forth above the horizon of His sublimity. We have created you from one tree and have caused you to be as the leaves and fruit of the same tree, that haply ye may become a source of comfort to one another. Regard ye not others save as ye regard your own selves, that no feeling of aversion may prevail amongst you so as to shut you out from Him Whom God shall make manifest on the Day of Resurrection. It behooveth you all to be one indivisible people; thus should ye return unto Him Whom God shall make manifest.

    Like John the Baptist, the Bab instructed his hopeful followers to prepare for a new prophet’s appearance. He also announced the coming of a new era in human history, one that would witness the emergence of a just, unified, peaceful world civilization.

    What Makes Them “Twin” Holy Days?
    Baha’is call these Holy Days “twins” because the lunar calendar in use when the Bab and Baha’u’llah were born in Persia caused their birthdays to fall on successive days. The Bab was born on the first day of the month of Muharram in the Islamic lunar calendar, in the Gregorian year 1819, and Baha’u’llah’s birthday occurred in 1817 on the second day of that same month. Born just a day short of two years apart, both of these prophets and founders of their respective Faiths are now celebrated around the world.

    For decades in the Middle East, Baha’is traditionally observed those Holy Days in accordance with the Muslim lunar calendar and celebrated them together on consecutive dates, counting them as a single two-day festival. Baha’u’llah himself observed them this way.
     
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  2. Cino

    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic) Admin

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    That lunar calendar detail is fascinating. Thanks for sharing, Arthra!

    Since we're invited - thank you - how can we picture the celebrations? Family visits, good food, gifts all around? Or is it done in a more contemplative way? Up to the individual Baha'i?
     
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    arthra Baha'i

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    Thanks for your question Cino! The Birth of the Bab is usually planned by representatives of the Baha'i community... In the case where I live the Local Spiritual Assembly reserved picnic tables in a City Park and the neighboring communities were invited to attend. We shared food and basically had a social gathering meeting new Baha'is in the area. At the end of the socializing we shared Writings about the Bab (Siyyid Ali Muhammad) with prayers revealed by Him.

    Our "gift exchange" occurs during Ayyam-i-Ha (The days of "Ha" (4)) which is before Naw-Ruz (Persian New Year) which is March 21st. Our calendar is solar and when a "leap year" occurs we either celebrate with three or four days of Ayyam-I-Ha to make a full 365 day year.
     
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