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Bahá'i Holy Days commemorate the anniversaries of significant events in the history of the Faith. There are nine Holy Days when work (and school) are suspended.

Contents
  1. Ayyam-i-ha or Intercalary Days (Feb. 26 - March 1)
  2. Naw-Rúz (March 21)
  3. Festival of Ridvan (April 21 - May 2)
  4. Declaration of the Bab (May 23)
  5. Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh (May 29)
  6. Martyrdom of the Báb (July 9)
  7. Birth of the Báb (Oct. 20)
  8. Birth of Bahá'u'lláh (Nov. 12)
  9. Day of the Covenant (Nov. 26)
  10. Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha (Nov 28)

Ayyam-i-ha or Intercalary Days (Feb. 26 - March 1)

Feb. 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.

Naw-Rúz (March 21)

March 21: The Bahá’i New Year’s Day coincides with the spring equinox. Naw-Ruz is an ancient Persian festival celebrating the "new day" and for Baha'is it marks the end of the annual 19-Day Fast and is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Festival of Ridvan (April 21 - May 2)

The annual Bahá’i festival commemorates the 12 days (April 21-May 2, 1863) when Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’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 Bahá’i Faith commemorates May 23, 1844, when the Báb, the herald of the Bahá’i Faith, announced in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), that he was the herald of a new messenger of God. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh (May 29)

Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’i Faith, passed from this earthly world  on May 29, 1892. The holy day commemorates the anniversary of His passing. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Martyrdom of the Báb (July 9)

The holy day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Báb (Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad), the herald of the Bahá’i Faith, by a firing squad on July 9, 1850, in Tabriz, Persia (now Iran). It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Birth of the Báb (Oct. 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 Báb,” meaning “the Gate.” The Báb was the herald of the Bahá’i Faith. This is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Birth of Bahá'u'lláh (Nov. 12)

Bahá’is observe the anniversary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh (born Mirza Husayn-‘Ali) on Nov. 12, 1817, in Tehran, Persia (now Iran). Bahá'u'lláh, which means the “Glory of God,” is the founder of the Bahá’i Faith. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

Day of the Covenant (Nov. 26)

The festival commemorates Bahá'u'lláh’s appointment of his eldest son, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, as the Center of His Covenant.

Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha (Nov 28)

Bahá’is observe the anniversary of the death of 'Abdu'l-Baha, son of Bahá'u'lláh and His appointed succesor, on Nov 28, 1921 in Haifa, in what is now northern Israel.

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