The Baha’i community of Halifax did much celebrating during this year’s festival of Ridván (pronounced riz-wán), and I’ve used my fledgling iMovie skillz to prepare a few clips for you. Huzzah!
What is Ridván All About?
Glory to Thee, O my God! The first stirrings of the spring of Thy grace have appeared and clothed Thine earth with verdure. […]
The hearts of Thy dear ones, however, will rejoice only at the Divine Springtime of Thy tender mercies, whereby the hearts are quickened, and the souls are renewed, and the trees of human existence bear their fruits. […] (full prayer)
The festival of Ridván falls toward the end of April each (Gregorian) year. Members of the Baha’i Faith commemorate the twelve-day period during which Bahá’u’lláh (the prophet-founder of their Faith) bid goodbye to the people of Baghdad as, in 1863, He was exiled by Persia and the Ottoman Empire for sharing His transformative teachings. You can learn more about Bahá’u’lláh and His life here.
The festival is twelve days long because that’s how long Bahá’u’lláh stayed in the Ridván Garden to visit with friends and family, but three days are particularly special: the first, the ninth, and the twelfth (the last). On the first day, Bahá’u’lláh arrived. On the ninth day, his family arrived. On the twelfth day, Bahá’u’lláh announced His station and mission to His followers. The festival is special to Bahá’ís because it is the anniversary of the inception of their Faith.
I hope you enjoy these few clips. And feel free to look up your local Baha’i community if you’re interested in attending holy day commemorations or learning about the Faith.
Ciao for now!