At Sunset on the 19th March the Bahá’í Communities throughout Scotland joined their sister Communities throughout the world to mark the Baha’i New Year.

Náw-Ruz (literally “New Day”) Celebrations, which can take different forms throughout the world, but typically include programs of spiritual upliftment, music, dancing and feasting.

These events in Scotland are typical of the kind of multi-cultural celebration that will be observed in over 120,000 localities where Baha’is, “who embrace human diversity”, reside around the world.

As well as an evening of all kinds of wonderful food, there will be readings of prayers from the Baha’i scriptures in different languages, and also great music and dancing.

The festival comes at the end of the annual 19-day fast in which adult Baha’is have abstained from food and drink between sunrise and sunset as a reminder of the need for individuals to be detached from their material desires.

Naw-Ruz is the first day of the first of 19 months in the Baha’i calendar, which was initiated by the Bab, the Forerunner of the Faith’s Prophet-Founder, Baha’u’llah, who later confirmed it.

 

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