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)