I found this wonderful article by Homa Sabet Tavangar in the HuffPost this morning and wanted to share it with all of you. In a changing world deeply entrenched in rituals and traditions that shape its multitude of cultures, Homa shares her ideas and views of how to build traditions for her children in a faith with “virtually no rituals” – the Baha’i Faith. Hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did. Read the full article here.
The Bahá’í calendar, also called the Badí‘ calendar (badí‘ means wondrous or ), is a solar calendar with years composed of 19 months of 19 days each (361 days) plus an extra period of “Intercalary Days”. Years begin at Naw-Rúz, on the vernal equinox, coinciding with March 20 or 21.
The first year is dated from 21 March 1844 CE, the year during which the Báb proclaimed his religion. Years are annotated with the date notation of BE (Bahá’í Era). The year 174 BE started at the moment of the vernal equinox in March 2017, meaning that it falls on 20 March 2017.
To help you keep track of Naw Ruz, The Twin Births and Ayyám-i-Há, here is a downloadable PDF file that provides the Badí’ Date with the Gregorian Equivalent dates for the next 1000 years.