Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Interfaith Days: Beginning of Ridvan

Today is the first day of the twelve-day period of Ridvan in the Baha'i faith. The festival commemorates Bahá'u'lláh's announcement of his claim to prophethood, and subsequently his 1863 departure from Baghdad. Today, the ninth day, and the twelfth day are Baha'i holiday days with a suspension of work. "The name derives from the Najibiyyih Garden in Baghdad where Bahá'u'lláh stayed during this period and to which he gave the name Ridvan (Paradise)," according to this site, which provides more information.

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