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Naw-Ruz means `New Day’ and is both the Bahá’í and Iranian new year, occurring on the date of the vernal equinox, about March 20-21. As one of the Baha’i holy days, work should be suspended. This year marks year 174 B.E. (Baha’i Era) since the Báb, the ‘Herald of the Days of Days’, announced His and will be celebrated after sunset March 20. Happy Naw-Ruz dearest lovers of the Abha Beauty!! Let this be a great year of self-improvement, community building, teaching and developing deeper bonds of love and unity.
John Walbridge further explains the meaning of this Baha’i holy day in his article ‘Naw-Rúz: The Bahá’í New Year‘:
“In the Badi` calendar of the Bab, Naw-Ruz is the day of Baha of the month of Baha, a day called by the Bab `the Day of God’ (yawmu’llah). It was also the `Day of the Point’ (yawm-i-nuqtih) — i.e. the day of the Bab. Finally, it was a day associated with Him Whom God shall make manifest, the Promised One of the Bab. The remaining eighteen days of the month were associated with the eighteen Letters of the Living, an indication that the Bab envisioned the Naw-Ruz festivities encompassing the nineteen days of the month of Baha, just as the traditional Iranian Naw-Ruz festivities last thirteen days. During Naw-Ruz the Bab permitted the use of musical instruments and other luxuries prohibited at other times. During the night of Naw-Ruz each believer was to recite 361 times the verse `God beareth witness that there is no God but Him, the Ineffable, the Self-Subsistent’; and during the day, `God beareth witness that there is no God but Him, the Precious, the Beloved’. Fasting was prohibited during the whole month of Baha. During the six years of His mission, the Bab and His followers observed Naw-Ruz, although it is difficult to say how much this represents a distinctively Babi holy day. Bahá’u’lláh adopted the Babi holy day of Naw-Ruz as the feast day following the fast and stressed that it is associated with the Most Great Name, bearing as it does Bahá’u’lláh’s own name. `Abdu’l-Bahá explained the significance of Naw-Ruz in terms of the symbolism of the new life of spring. Bahá’u’lláh defines Naw-Ruz as the Bahá’í day on which the vernal equinox occurs. Thus, even if the equinox should occur just before sunset, that day — which in the Bahá’í calendar began at the moment of sunset on the previous day — is Naw-Ruz. At present, however, Naw-Ruz is fixed as 21 March for Bahá’ís in all countries outside the Middle East, regardless of exactly when the equinox occurs.
“Naw-Ruz is one of the nine Bahá’í holy days on which work is to be suspended. It is generally observed with a meeting for prayer and celebration — often combined with a dinner since the sunset on which Naw-Ruz begins ends the last day of the Bahá’í fast. As with all Bahá’í holy days, there are few fixed rules for observing Naw-Ruz, although Iranian Bahá’ís often follow Iranian traditions. Many Bahá’ís use Naw-Ruz as a day of gift-giving. Bahá’ís do not usually observe Naw-Ruz for longer than one day. Since Naw-Ruz is the first day of a Bahá’í month, it is also the day of a nineteen day feast. It is not permitted to combine this feast with the observance of the holy day.”
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