Archive for the ‘Holy Days’ Category

Bahá’ís from across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, and their friends, gathered on Thursday 27th October for a Holy Day celebration to mark the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. A programme of prayers, readings and music was followed by a Pot Luck lunch.

The meeting opened with the reading of a message from the Mayor of the Royal Borough, Mrs Christine Bateson, conveying her good wishes for the Holy Day celebration.

The Birth of Bahá’u’lláh is one of eleven Bahá’í Holy Days throughout the year. Bahá’u’lláh was born in Persia (now Iran) in 1817. The story of the life of Bahá’u’lláh is told here.

Bahá’ís believe that every time a Manifestation of God appears, a fuller measure of inspiration for the next stage in the awakening and progress of humanity is released into the world. A human being—ordinary in every outward respect—is called to be a mouthpiece for God. One may call to mind Moses standing before the Burning Bush, the Buddha receiving enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus in the form of a dove, or the archangel Gabriel appearing to Muḥammad.

In the middle of the 19th century, God summoned Bahá’u’lláh—meaning the “Glory of God”—to deliver a new Revelation to humanity. For four decades thousands of verses, letters and books flowed from His pen. In His Writings, He outlined a framework for the development of a global civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life.

I have never aspired after worldly leadership. My sole purpose hath been to hand down unto men that which I was bidden to deliver by God…

– Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’u’lláh suffered 40 years of imprisonment, torture and exile for bringing God’s latest message to humanity. Today, His life and mission are becoming increasingly well-known across the planet. Millions of people are learning to apply His teachings to their individual and collective lives for the betterment of the world.

Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings…now present us with the highest and purest form of religious teaching…

– Count Leo Tolstoy

For more on the life of Bahá’u’lláh and His teachings, please visit the official website of the worldwide Bahá’í community: www.bahai.org

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‘Abdu’l-Bahá in New Hampshire, USA – July 1912

This evening, in collaboration with neighbouring Bahá’í communities, the Bahá’í community of Maidenhead hosts a very special online gathering, a commemoration of the passing one hundred years ago of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the eldest son of Bahá’u’lláh and His appointed successor.

The life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (1844-1921), and in particular his unremitting service to humanity, has been remembered this year by Bahá’í communities around the world – from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Panama, from Alaska to Cambodia – through specially commissioned films, documentaries, exhibitions, podcasts, essays, books, songs and dramatic works.

In the Holy Land, recent special events in Haifa and ‘Akká have welcomed municipal officials, residents and faith representatives to mark the the ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at historic sites associated with Him. The funeral of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on 29 November 1921 was attended by some ten thousand mourners representing every class, religion and race, with tributes and eulogies from all quarters.

Bahá’í representatives from across the world attending a commemoration and conference in the Holy Land

In the Holy Land, Bahá’í representatives from the nations and regions of the world have gathered this week to attend a commemoration and conference.

In the United Kingdom, a parliamentary reception was hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Bahá’í Faith at Portcullis House, Westminster. More than 80 guests attended including Members of Parliament, and representatives of religious communities and non-governmental organisations. Guests were welcomed by Martin Vickers, MP for Cleethorpes, followed by an address by the Minister of State for Levelling Up Communities Kemi Badenoch, MP for Saffron Walden. The event was closed by Ruth Jones, MP for Newport West.

UK Parliamentary Reception

One of the many UK initiatives to mark the occasion has been a series of films with stories of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to the UK illustrating Bahá’í principles – told by children and junior youth and released on YouTube.

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1879540-masterBahá’ís in Maidenhead and across the Thames Valley are joining with others around the world to celebrate the 200th anniversary next month of the birth of the Báb, the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith.

In countless settings and places throughout the world, people are marking the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, Whose revitalizing message prepared the way for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

Bahá’ís in this part of the Thames Valley have arranged a series of evenings – in High Wycombe, Marlow, Burnham and Maidenhead – to show a film specially commissioned for the bicentenary. Titled Dawn of the Light, the 45-minute film follows Bahá’ís from different continents as they relate their own personal journeys of search and their discovery that God has sent two Divine Manifestations in this Day.

These evenings are open to all. For further details, please refer to this invitation (pdf format): 2019-10 Bicentenary of Bab – Invitation – Final

To find out more about bicentenary events worldwide, please visit the special Bicentenary 2019 website.


A celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October 2017 in the town of Tuchín, Colombia, reflects the rich artistic culture of the Córdoba region


A group performs traditional Japanese drumming as part of a celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October 2017

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On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Bahá’í community of Maidenhead is hosting a series of gatherings to celebrate His life.

20375620_877988782365733_5265783257453081030_nThe gatherings will open with a short devotional of prayers and readings followed by the showing of a film Light to the World commissioned for the bicentenary. The film tells the story of the life of Bahá’u’lláh and the impact of His teachings in transforming the lives of individuals and communities across the planet.

These Thursday evening gatherings, which will take place in November, are open to all.  They will be hosted in a home, so places are limited. If you would like to attend, please contact Mike Gammage, Secretary, for further details: by email bahaismaidenhead@gmail.com or by phone 01628 637801.

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