Monday, March 20, 2006

Happy New Year!

So I'm in the home stretch of the Fasting period for Baha'is and looking forward to celebrating a new year this evening at Boston University where we will commemorate the Baha'i Holy Day Naw-Ruz. You can read a nice article from the U.S. Baha'i News that describes the Fast, the New Year and the Baha'i calendar in general below:

U.S. Baha'i News
Monday, 06 March 2006
. . . prayer and fasting is the cause of awakening and mindfulness and conducive to protection and preservation from tests….



"Praised be Thou, O my God, that Thou hast ordained Naw-Ruz as a festival unto those who have observed the fast for love of Thee and abstained from all that is abhorrent unto thee. Grant, O my Lord, that the fire of Thy love and the heat produced by the fast enjoined by Thee may inflame them in Thy Cause, and make them to be occupied with Thy praise and with remembrance of Thee."- Prayer for Naw-Ruz

From March 2-20, Baha'is worldwide observe the annual 19-day Fast by refraining from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset. As in many world religions, the Fast is a time for reflecting on one's spiritual progress and making an effort to detach from material desires.

You can read the entire article here.