BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — Activities and celebrations honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab multiplied rapidly since sunset in Kiribati on Monday. As sunset on the 28th occurred in place after place, moving westward across the entire globe, it initiated a period of celebrations in every land.
Reports from around the world reflect a diverse range of activities for the bicentenary, including profound conversations, prayer and meditation, visits to the homes of friends and family, artistic expressions, the distribution of booklets and special newsletters, service projects, large parades through city streets, celebrations in family homes and neighborhood centers, national commemorations with dignitaries and societal leaders, and devotional gatherings at Baha’i Houses of Worship.
In Huntsville Monday evening, an observance at Burritt on the Mountain included Baha’is and friends coming together to pray, hear inspiring talks about the Bab, sing together, and share their thoughts about the Forerunner of Bahau’llah.
Huntsville area Baha’is also welcomed everyone to attend a Holy Day observance of the Birth of the Bab at the Baha’i Center Tuesday to watch the film Dawn of the Light,
Attendees at some gatherings studied the October 2019 message of the Universal House of Justice written for the occasion of the bicentenary.SLIDESHOW
A celebration at a high school in Gwalior, India
Elsewhere at the grassroots especially, activities have flourished beyond any expectation. Numerous reports have come in about intimate celebrations in homes, where families share stories and pray together, recounting episodes from the life of the Bab. Similarly, larger community gatherings in neighborhoods and localities, open to all, have occurred across the planet.
In several instances, where communities faced natural disasters or acute social upheaval, Baha’i communities have responded by turning their energies toward alleviating in some way the suffering of their fellow inhabitants and drawing on the inspiring life of the Bab to bring hope.
The flourishing of activities witnessed over the past day reflects a growing capacity in recent years within the Baha’i community to build new patterns of community life, in which service, collective worship, collaboration, mutual respect and collective learning, have come to characterize interactions among families, neighbors, and friends.
During this bicentenary period, people throughout the world are finding a source of inspiration and hope in remembrance of the figure of the Bab, gentle and kind in His disposition yet courageous and indomitable in the face of oppression and injustice.SLIDESHOW
A service project in Ebreichsdorf, AustriaSLIDESHOW
A celebration with devotions held at the Temple site in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea