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The 19th Day Feasts
The Bahá'í communities hold a regular gathering every nineteenth day of the month, starting on March 21 which is the Bahá'í new year. The whole year in the Bahá'í calendar is composed of 19 months and each month is composed of 19 days which are all named the attributes of God. Every nineteenth day of the month, the regular meeting which is called the "Nineteeth Day Feast" is being held in all the local Bahá'í communities around the world. The Nineteenth Day Feast is the time when the Bahá'ís get together to pray, fellowship and to consult and discuss on the administrative affairs in their community. There are three main parts of the Feast: the devotional, the administrative, and the social portion. During the devotional portion, the members of the community read, recite or chant Bahá'í prayers from the Writings of the Báb, Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá and from other Holy Scriptures from other religions as well. During the administrative portion, discussions and consulations on the administrative affairs of the community, announcement of events, sharing of news and other community programs are being conducted. The social portion falls either the beginning or the end of the program.
Baha'i Holy Days and Commemorative Days
Holy days are celebrations and commemorations of important events in the lives of the central figures of the Baha'i Faith.
Ayyam-i-ha or Intercalary Days (February 26 - March 1)
Ayyam-i-ha, or "Days of Ha," are devoted to spiritual preparation for the Fast, celebrating, hospitality, charity and gift giving. They are celebrated the four days (five in leap year) before the last month of the Baha'i year.
Baha'i New Year/Naw-Ruz (March 21)
Coinciding with the first day of spring, Baha'is celebrate their New Year, called Naw Ruz, on March 21. The Baha'i calendar, which sets the rhythm for Baha'i community life, was inaugurated in 1844 with the declaration of the Bab, the Prophet-Herald of the Baha'i Faith.
Festival of Ridvan (April 21 - May 2)
The annual Baha'i festival commemorates the 12 days (April 21-May 2, 1863) when Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith, resided in a garden called Ridvan (Paradise) in Baghdad, Iraq. At this time He publicly proclaimed His mission as God's messenger for this age. The first (April 21), ninth (April 29) and twelfth (May 2) days are celebrated as holy days when work is suspended.
Declaration of the Bab (May 23)
The Baha'i commemorates May 23, 1844, when the Bab, the herald of the Baha'i Faith, announced in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), that he was the herald of a new messenger of God.
Ascension of Baha'u'llah (May 29)
Baha'is observe the anniversary of the death in exile of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith, on May 29, 1892, outside Akko (also known as Akka or Acre), in what is now northern Israel.
Martyrdom of the Bab (July 9)
The holy day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Bab (Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad), the herald of the Baha'i Faith, by a firing squad on July 9, 1850, in Tabriz, Persia (now Iran).
Birth of the Bab (October 20)
The day is an observance of the anniversary of the birth on Oct. 20, 1819, in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), of Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, who later took the title of "the Bab," meaning "the Gate." The Bab was the herald of the Baha'i Faith.
Birth of Baha'u'llah (November 12)
Baha'is observe the anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah (born Mirza Husayn-'Ali) on Nov. 12, 1817, in Tehran, Persia (now Iran). Baha'u'llah, which means the "Glory of God," is the founder of the Baha'i Faith.
Day of the Covenant (November 26)
The festival commemorates Baha'u'llah's appointment of his eldest son, 'Abdu'l-Baha, as the Center of His Covenant.
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha (November 28)
Baha'is observe the anniversary of the death of 'Abdu'l-Baha, son of Baha'u'llah and His appointed succesor, on Nov 28, 1921 in Haifa, in what is now northern Israel.