There are nine holy days in the Bahá’í year: some celebrate and commemorate the births and deaths of founding figures in the history of the Bahá’í Faith; others mark an important time of year, such as the days immediately preceding the period of fasting, or the first day of the new year, which coincides with the spring equinox. However, the ‘Most Great Festival’ in the Bahá’í calendar is the twelve day period known as Ridvan (pronounced ‘Rez-van’). It takes place between sunset on the 20th of April and continues until sunset on the 2nd of May. On the first, ninth and twelfth days of Ridvan, work and schooling should be suspended.

The twelve days of Ridvan celebrate the founding of the Bahá’í Faith in 1863, when Bahá’u'lláh was briefly residing in a garden on the outskirts of Baghdad and declared to a group of His followers that He was the Promised One of God for whom they had been waiting. A century and a half later, six millions Bahá’ís, from all over the world, celebrate the festival of Ridvan, the announcement Bahá’u'lláh made and the Faith that He proclaimed.
On a local level, these celebrations often take the form of meetings for prayer and reflection on the time Bahá’u'lláh and His followers spent in the Ridvan garden, as well as get-togethers, shared meals and general celebrations among the Bahá’ís and their friends.

In every town, city and village in Scotland where are there are Bahá’ís, the festival of Ridvan will be celebrated. Please see the contact page if you would like to find out more or come along to any holy day gathering that might be taking place in your area.