New year heralds second bicentenary period

BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — Sunset on March 21 marked the start of a new Bahá’í year. Naw-Ruz, celebrated around the world, heralded an eagerly anticipated second historic bicentenary for the Bahá’í Faith

October 2019 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the forerunner and herald of the Bahá’í Faith, the Báb, whose dramatic ministry paved the way for the appearance of Baha’u’llah. On 29 and 30 October, Bahá’ís, together with their neighbors, families, and friends, will commemorate the births of these Twin Luminaries.

[NOTE: Follow www.huntsvillebahais.com to learn of events in Huntsville to mark this once-in-a-lifetime anniversary.]

In the coming months, a new website will be launched as part of the Bahai.org family of sites to honor this bicentenary. The site, like the one launched a month before the first bicentenary in 2017, will unfold in stages, eventually including a film specially commissioned for the occasion as well as regular updates from celebrations around the Bahá’í world.

The Shrine of the Báb sitting center of the Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa, Israel. Click here to watch an aerial fly over of the Shrine.

In preparation for the coming bicentenary, a collection of 43 images associated with the life and mission of the Báb has been published online for the first time. Five aerial videos of the Shrine of the Báb and its vicinity were also published online. The collection can be found on the Baha’i Media Bank. The photos were added to sections about the Báb and His sacred Shrine. Also, three graphics for the coming bicentenary were added to a section about Baha’i Holy Day celebrations.

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