The Bahá’í Calendar

Every new religion has brought its own calendar, and the Bahá’í Faith is no exception. The Bahá’í calendar begins on 21 March, the vernal equinox, and divides the year into 19 months of 19 days each. There are nine holy days in the Bahá’í year on which Bahá’ís suspend work to commemorate various events in the Faith’s history, such as the birth of Bahá’u’lláh and the martyrdom of the Báb. The announcement of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation is celebrated during a twelve-day festival known as Ridvan, at the end of April and beginning of May. With the division of the year into 19 months, four intercalary days are needed. These days occur at the end of February and are celebrated as a gift-giving time known as Ayyám-i-Há.


Links

General Information
The Bahá’í Faith
The international website of the Bahá’ís of the world.
The Life of Bahá’u’lláh
A photographic narrative about the life of the founder of the Bahá’í Faith.
Bahá’u’lláh
Writings of Bahá’u’lláh and a history of His life, His teachings, His station.
The Universal House of Justice
General information about the Universal House of Justice, selected statements and letters which have been written by it or prepared under its supervision.
Attaining the Dynamics of Growth
A global sampling of Bahá’í community life – devotional meetings, children and youth classes, study of sacred scripture, service projects, and fellowship.
Reference
Bahá'í Reference Library
The Bahá'í sacred writings available online.
Bahá'í Statement Library
Statements issued by the United Nations office of the Bahá'í International Community.
Bahá'í Media Bank
Photographs available for downloading.
News
Bahá'í World News Service
News from around the globe.
One Country
The quarterly newsletter of the Bahá'í International Community, with in-depth features, book reviews and commentary.