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The Holy Days of the New Dispensation

Each Manifestation of God starts a new cycle and initiates a divine springtime that uplifts and refreshes the earth and humanity for many centuries. And with the coming of each new day Of God there are new religious holidays and celebrations.

The early Christians were Jews who were breaking away from the celebration of the Holy Days of Judaism and, celebrating instead the Gospel and birth of Christ, for example.

In former dispensations the holy days were added to the church by believers or the priesthood, but not by the Manifestations themselves. For example, the months of the Christian calendar are named after Roman gods thus carrying forward Roman beliefs. However, the Holy Days of the Baha’i Faith were established by Baha’u’llah through His Covenant with humanity.

Both the Bab and Baha’u’llah, the Twin Manifestations of God of this age, established independent religions that are not sects associated with former religions. Therefore, Baha’u’llah created a new calendar to glorify God and He associated divine attributes with the names of the months of the year.

In the Baha’i calendar, for example, there are 19 days per month, and 19 months per year. Each of the months is named for an Attribute of God.

Baha’i Holy Days are recognized and applauded by many school systems throughout the world but not all of them. For example, in Iran where Baha’is are actively persecuted none of the Baha’i Holy Days are acknowledged.

Miracle Springs School District. Fortunately, the Miracle Springs Independent School District acknowledges Baha’i Holy Days and allows Baha’i children to be exempted from attending school on their Holy Days.

Baha’i Holy Days

The Baha’i holy days are associated with days on which significant events of Baha’i history occurred. On most of these days work is to be suspended. See the holy days with an asterisks. The Baha’i New Year is always March 20 or 21.

Naw-Ruz – The Baha’i New Year *
First Day of Ridvan  *
Ninth Day of Ridvan  *
Twelfth Day of Ridvan  *
Declaration of the Bab  *
Ascension of Baha’u’llah  *
Martyrdom of the Bab  *
Birth of the Bab  *
Birth of Baha’u’llah  *
Day of the Covenant  
Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha

Baha’i Months

The Baha’i Calendar has 19 months. Each month is named after an attribute of God. Baha’u’llah wrote His revelation in Persian and Arabic. This is the English translation of the meaning of the names of the Baha’i months.

Baha’i Fast

Baha’is fast once a year for 19 days from March 2 to the 20th.  The fast is a spiritual bounty and although it is obligatory, doing the fast is up to the discretion of the individual. Each Baha’i is responsible for their own spiritual development.

The fast occurs during the last month of the Baha’i year which is the month of Loftiness. So during the month of Loftiness, Baha’is who are 15 to 70 years of age do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset for 19 days. The fast is a time for reflection, prayer, and mediation. People are exempted from fasting when due to illness, pregnancy, nursing mothers, extended travel and arduous physical labor. In other words, fasting is a bounty, however, if it’s not possible for someone to fast, then they should not fast.

Please contact us for more information concerning any aspect of the Baha’i faith.

"That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith."

Baha'u'llah

Teachings and Principles of the Baha’i Faith

One God

There is only One God the Creator of Heaven and Earth. None of the manifestations or prophets are God.

Humanity is one family

The human race is one family. All people are equal in the sight of God. Slavery, war, and cruelty are forbidden.

Men and women are equal

Baha’u’llah is the only messenger, prophet, or Manifestation of God to state men and women are equal.

The Harmony of Science and religion

Science without religion becomes destructive and religion without science produces ignorance and superstition.

The Elimination of all forms of prejudice

Prejudice is a disease. It produces people who don’t think for themselves and default to their weaknesses.

The need for universal compulsory education

Humanity cannot advance without universal education because education of boys and girls advances civilization.

Obedience to government and non-involvement in partisan politics

Politics divides people and disobedience to government leads to anarchy, destruction, and oppression.

A world where Independent investigation of truth is prized produces freedom

People prize freedom over oppression but it can never be achieved without independent investigation of truth.

The Elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty through appeals to justice

Given universal education and striving for world peace will inspire the rich to share more wealth of their own volition.

"Rely upon God, thy God and the Lord of thy fathers."

Baha'ullah