Summary of Bahá'í Holy Days

March 21 The Feast of Naw-Ruz
Naw-Ruz is the Bahá'í New Year. It coincides with the first day of spring.

April 21 Festival of Ridvan
April 29 The ninth day of Ridvan
May 2 The twelfth day of Ridvan
The word "Ridvan" means "Paradise". For twelve days, April 21 to May 2, Bahá'ís celebrate the period in 1863 when Bahá'u'lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'í Faith resided in a garden in Baghdad which He called "the Garden of Ridvan." During this period Bahá'u'lláh proclaimed his mission as God's messenger for this age.

May 23 The anniversary of the declaration of the Báb
May 23, 1844 marks the beginnings of the Bahá'í Faith in Shiraz, Persia (Iran). The Báb, which means the "Gate", proclaimed on that date that he was not only the founder of an independent religion, but the herald of a new and greater prophet or messenger of God, Who would usher in an age of peace for all mankind.

May 29 The anniversary of the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh
Bahá'u'lláh, Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, passed away in 1892 near Akka, Palastine (Israel).

July 9 The anniversary of the martyrdom of the Báb
On July 9, Bahá'ís commemorate the execution of the Báb, Prophet-Herald of the Bahá'í Faith, on that date in 1850 in Tabriz, Persia (Iran).

October 20 The anniversary of the birth of the Báb
Bahá'ís commemorate the birth of the Báb (the "Gate") the Prophet-Herald of the Bahá'í Faith. The Báb was born in 1819.

November 12 The anniversary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh
Bahá'ís commemorate the birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'í Faith. Bahá'u'lláh was born in 1817.

November 28 The anniversary of the ascension of Abdul'Báha
Bahá'ís commemorate the passing of Abdul'Báha, son of the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'í Faith. He died in Haifa, Palestine in 1921.

February 25 - March 1 Ayyam-i-Ha (Intercalary Days)
The Bahá'í calendar is made up of 19 months of 19 days each. The period of Ayyam-i-Ha adjusts the Bahá'í year to the solar cycle. These days are set aside for hospitality, gift-giving, special acts of charity, and preparing for the Bahá'í Fast.

March 2 - March 20 Period of fasting
Bahá'ís fast for 19 days from sunrise to sunset, setting aside time for prayer and meditation. Children under the age of 15, individuals who are ill, travelers, the elderly, pregnant women and nursing mothers are exempt from the fast.