Naw-Ruz (Bahai)

On March 20, 2011

A significant celebration for the Bahai faith is Naw-Ruz, or New Year.  Baha'i adherents observe a sunrise to sunset fast for nineteen days leading up to Naw-Ruz.

The Baha'i calendar has nineteen months, each of nineteen days duration. The months and days are named after nineteen attributes of God. The first of the nineteen is the Arabic word 'Baha', translated as something similar to 'glory'. New Year, being the first day of the first month becomes the 'Baha' day of the 'Baha' month. In this way, the first day of the first month (New Year) symbolises the most glorious name of God.

Abdu'l-Bahá, Bahá'u'lláh's son and successor, explained the significance of Naw-Rúz in terms of spring and the new life it brings. He explained the equinox is a symbol of the Manifestations of God, who include Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh among others, and the message they proclaim is like a spiritual springtime, and that Naw-Rúz is used to commemorate it.

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