Sunday, April 23, 2006

Ridvan in the South Shore News

(Photo of the entrance to the Shrine of Baha'u'llah, Holiest Spot on Earth for Baha'is)

There's a nice article about the observance of the Ridvan Festival in a South Shore News Paper.
Opening paragraphs are below:

Baha'i faithful are observing Ridvan festival

The Baha'i community of Dartmouth will join with Baha'is all over the world in celebrating the Festival of Ridvan, which, in the Persian language Farsi, means "paradise." Lasting 12 days from April 21-May 2, the festival celebrates the proclamation of Baha'u'llah, prophet founder of the Baha'i faith.During the observance, the first, ninth and 12th days are especially important and are celebrated as holy days with special worship and joy. They are among the nine Baha'i holy days each year on which work is suspended. Baha'is also elect their governing bodies called spiritual assemblies at this time.The Baha'i faith is the second most widespread religion after Christianity. It is established in more than 250 countries of the world, and Baha'u'llah's writings have been translated into more than 800 languages.Baha'is believe in one God, in the unity of all the messengers of God and in the unity of mankind. Among Baha'i teachings are equality of women and men, elimination of all prejudice, establishment of world peace, universal education, harmony of science and religion and establishment of an international tribunal. (Read the whole article here)