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The Bahá'í day starts and ends at sunset, therefore the Bahá'í date changes to the new date at sunset, rather than at midnight. The Bahá'í year starts on March 21 (vernal equinox). The date notation BE means (Bahá'í Era) of which the first day of the first year was March 21, 1844.
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The Hidden Words of Bahá'u'lláh Preamble - <b>HE IS THE GLORY OF GLORIES</b> 
This is that which hath descended from the realm of glory, uttered by the tongue of power and might, and revealed unto the Prophets of old. We have taken the inner essence thereof and clothed it in the garment of brevity, as a token of grace unto the righteous, that they may stand faithful unto the Covenant of God, may fulfill in their lives His trust, and in the realm of spirit obtain the gem of Divine virtue.

 

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Bahá'ís and their friends are always looking up the dates of Feasts and Holy Days. This is a quick reference to the Bahá'í Calendar and its most important dates.

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Nineteen Day Feasts

  1. March 20: Bahá (Splendor)
  2. April 8: Jalál (Glory)
  3. April 27: Jamál (Beauty)
  4. May 16: 'Azamat (Grandeur)
  5. June 4: Núr (Light)
  6. June 23: Rahmat (Mercy)
  7. July 12: Kalimát (Words)
  8. July 31: Kamál (Perfection)
  9. August 19: Asmá' (Names)
  10. September 7: 'Izzat (Might)
  11. September 26: Mashíyyat (Will)
  12. October 15: 'Ilm (Knowledge)
  13. November 3: Qudrat (Power)
  14. November 22: Qawl (Speech)
  15. December 11: Masá'il (Questions)
  16. December 30: Sharaf (Honor)
  17. January 18: Sultán (Sovereignty)
  18. February 6: Mulk (Dominion)
    Ayyám-i-Há Ayyám-i-Há are ntercalary days, a few 'excess' days in the Bahá'í Calendar that are assigned between the 18th and 19th Bahá'í months. These days (4 or 5) occur at the end of February and are celebrated as a time for gatherings and gift giving.
  19. March 2: 'Alá' (Loftiness)

 

The Bahá'í day ends and a new one begins at sunset; consequently, the day on which a Feast or Holy Day is observed begins at sunset of the day before the Gregorian Calendar dates given.

Holy Days During these 9 Holy Days work should be suspended.

  1. March 20: The Feast of Naw-Rúz
  2. April 20: The first day of Ridván Recommended commemoration for the first day of Ridván is at 3:00 pm on April 21.
  3. April 28: The ninth day of Ridván
  4. May 1: The twelfth day of Ridván
  5. May 23: The anniversary of the Declaration of the Báb Recommended commemoration of the anniversary of the delaration of the Báb is on May 23, at about two hours after sunset.
  6. May 28: The anniversary of the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh
  7. July 9: The anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Báb Recommended commemoration of the martyrdom of the Báb is at about noon on July 9th.
  8. October 21: The anniversary of the Birth of the Báb
  9. October 22: The anniversary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

Holy Days For these Holy Days suspension of work is not a requirement.

  1. November 25: Day of the Covenant
  2. November 27: Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá

 

Reference This symbol reveals additional details about a particular date or text. More on the proper time to celebrate or hold meetings of commemoration are explained by Shoghi Effendi in Principles of Bahá'í Administration pp. 56-57.

(This page has been updated to reflect the correct Bahá'í dates for 2015/2016)