Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Baha'i Dad Chronicles: Ninth Day of Ridvan

My wife and I are continuing to document Douglass Ali's first Baha'i holy days. These photos are from the Ninth Day of the Ridvan Festival at the Boston Baha'i Center. It was a beautiful program but the most beautiful part was seeing the spontaneous joy that Douglass Ali evokes in anyone who lays eyes on him. It was especially sweet to watch him play with a little girl whose mother recently became a Baha'i. This child is Mexican and when she saw Douglass Ali exclaimed, "Hola Baby!" and handed him a car she was playing with saying "car", "car" in Spanish.

"Arise, and proclaim unto the entire creation the tidings that He Who is the All-Merciful hath directed His steps towards the Ridvan and entered it. Guide, then, the people unto the garden of delight which God hath made the Throne of His Paradise. We have chosen thee to be our most mighty Trumpet, whose blast is to signalize the resurrection of all mankind."

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 31)


  1. Happy Ridvan!

    "Hola, Baby!" ? That's Awesome!


  2. Young Douglass Ali is a handsome chap and really cute. He's clearly going to attract a lot of interest from the girls later in his life. Well, actually, it looks as if he's already attracting the girls. He has a glorious smile.

    I'm glad to see my good friend Babak Djavid in one of your pics. I hope he's behaving himself!

    Phillipe, I know that Douglass Ali is bringing you, your wife and all around you great joy. And that's exactly as it should be.

    Keep posting the pics!

  3. Douglass Ali is a cute kid, if I do say so myself. As for Babak, "behaving himself" may not be the most accurate description Barney (wink). There will be more pictures from the 12th Day of Ridvan coming up.

  4. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Dear Phillipe,
    I am in hearty agreement that putting your child in an environment where he will have natural and positive interaction with folks of all backgrounds from earliest childhood will have the most profound influence on your son in later life. Perhaps especially those experiences he does not remember because he was so young, set deep positive, life-enhancing patterns in a person's psyche. At least it worked for my children.
    Congratulations, you are truly blessed.
    Judith W