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Sun, 26/11/2017 (All day)
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EVERYWHERE.

 26th November 

Day of the Covenant * - Baha’i (begins sundown on previous day). 

The Day of the Covenant is the day when Bahá'ís celebrate the appointment of `Abdu'l-Bahá as the Centre of Baha'u'llah's Covenant.  It occurs yearly on November 26th 

Abdu'l-Bahá had stated that since May 23 was also the day that the Báb declared his mission, and should be exclusively associated with him, that that day should under no circumstances be celebrated as his day of birth. 

However, as the Bahá'ís begged for a day to be celebrated as `Abdu'l-Bahá's birthday, he gave them November 26, 181 days after the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, to be observed as the day of the appointment of the Centre of the Covenant. 

The holiday was originally known as the Jashn-i-A’zam in Persian (The Greatest Festival), because `Abdu'l-Bahá was known as the Greatest Branch; in the West, the holy day became known as the Day of the Covenant. 

The day is one of two Bahá'í holy days where work does not need to be suspended. 

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Bahá’u’lláh and His Covenant 

“These holy Manifestations have been as the coming of springtime in the world…For each spring is the time of a new creation…”— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 

The Bahá’í Faith began with the mission entrusted by God to two Divine Messengers—the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.  Today, the distinctive unity of the Faith They founded stems from explicit instructions given by Bahá’u’lláh that have assured the continuity of guidance following His passing.  This line of succession, referred to as the Covenant, went from Bahá’u’lláh to His Son ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and then from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to His grandson, Shoghi Effendi, and the Universal House of Justice, ordained by Bahá’u’lláh.  A Bahá’í accepts the divine authority of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh and of these appointed successors. 

The Báb » 

(1819-1850) 

The Báb is the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith.  In the middle of the 19th century, He announced that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform humanity’s spiritual life.  His mission was to prepare the way for the coming of a second Messenger from God, greater than Himself, who would usher in an age of peace and justice. 

Bahá’u’lláh » 

(1817-1892) 

Bahá’u’lláh—the “Glory of God”—is the Promised One foretold by the Báb and all of the Divine Messengers of the past.  Bahá’u’lláh delivered a new Revelation from God to humanity.  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.  For this, He endured 40 years of imprisonment, torture and exile. 

‘Abdu’l-Bahá » 

(1844-1921) 

In His will, Bahá’u’lláh appointed His oldest son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the authorized interpreter of His teachings and Head of the Faith.  Throughout the East and West, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá became known as an ambassador of peace, an exemplary human being, and the leading exponent of a new Faith. 

Shoghi Effendi » 

(1897-1957) 

Appointed Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, His eldest grandson, Shoghi Effendi, spent 36 years systematically nurturing the development, deepening the understanding, and strengthening the unity of the Bahá’í community, as it increasingly grew to reflect the diversity of the entire human race. 

The Universal House of Justice (established 1963) 

The development of the Bahá’í Faith worldwide is today guided by the Universal House of Justice.  In His book of laws, Bahá’u’lláh instructed the Universal House of Justice to exert a positive influence on the welfare of humankind, promote education, peace and global prosperity, and safeguard human honour and the position of religion.

Feast Days. 

 

Month

Gregorian Date

Translation

Bahá'í Date

1.      

17th

18 January 2017

Sovereignty

1 Sultán

2.      

18th

6 February

Dominion

1 Mulk

3.      

19th

1 March

Loftiness

1 'Alá'

4.      

1st

20 March

Splendor

1 Bahá

5.      

2nd

8 April

Glory

1 Jalál

6.      

3rd

27 April

Beauty

1 Jamál

7.      

4th

16 May

Grandeur

1 'Azamat

8.      

5th

4 June

Light

1 Núr

9.      

6th

23 June

Mercy

1 Rahmat

10.   

7th

12 July

Words

1 Kalimát

11.   

8th

31 July

Perfection

1 Kamál

12.   

9th

19 August

Names

1 Asmá'

13.   

10th

7 September

Might

1 'Izzat

14.   

11th

26 September

Will

1 Mashíyyat

15.   

12th

15 October

Knowledge

1 'Ilm

16.   

13th

3 November

Power

1 Qudrat

17.   

14th

22 November

Speech

1 Qawl

18.   

15th

11 December

Questions

1 Masá'il

19.   

16th

30 December

Honor

1 Sharaf

 

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