Huntsville Commemoration of the Riḍván Festival Continues

“O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love….” – Bahá’u’lláh

Under a beautiful blue sky canopy, on the banks of the Tennessee River’s swift current, and the fragrance of Spring with its gentle breezes, the Bahá’í’s and friends gathered Sunday, April 29, in fellowship to commemorate the Ninth Day of Riḍván, the day when Bahá’u’lláh’s family joined Him to share in this “Day of supreme felicity” in the Garden of Riḍván,”the Spot from which He shed upon the whole of creation the splendours of His Name, the All-Merciful”.

All are invited to reunite for the commemoration of the Twelfth Day of Riḍván to conclude the King of Festivals, Wednesday, May 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bahá’í Center.  The Twelfth Day commemoration marks the moment of exile from Baghdad of Bahá’u’lláh and His family:

“A memorable account of Bahá’u’lláh’s departure has been given by Shoghi Effendi, Guardian of the Faith:

“The departure of Bahá’u’lláh from the Garden of Riḍván, at noon, on the 14th of Dhi’l-Qa’dih 1279 A.H. (May 3, 1863), witnessed scenes of tumultuous enthusiasm no less spectacular, and even more touching, than those which greeted Him when leaving His Most Great House in Baghdad. ‘The great tumult,’ wrote an eye-witness, ‘associated in our minds with the Day of Gathering, the Day of Judgment, we beheld on that occasion. Believers and unbelievers alike sobbed and lamented. The chiefs and notables who had congregated were struck with wonder. Emotions were stirred to such depths as no tongue can describe, nor could any observer escape their contagion.” ” (Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha’u’llah v 1, p. 281)
Here are a few images from the 9th Day observance:

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