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Naw-Ruz in the Bahai Faith

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Naw-Ruz in the Bahai Faith

Naw-Ruz in the Bahai Faith is one of nine holy days for adherents of the Bahai Faith worldwide and the first day of the Bahai Calendar occurring on the vernal equinox, around March 21. The Bahai calendar is composed of 19 months, each of 19 days, and each of the months is named after an attribute of God; similarly each of the nineteen days in the month also are named after an attribute of God.

The first day and the first month were given the attribute of Baha, an Arabic word meaning splendour or glory, and thus the first day of the year was the day of Baha in the month of Baha. Bahaullah, the founder of the Bahai Faith, explained that Naw-Ruz was associated with the Most Great Name of God, and was instituted as a festival for those who observed the Nineteen day fast.

The day is also used to symbolize the renewal of time in each religious dispensation. Abdu'l-Baha Bahaullah's son and successor, explained that significance of Naw-Ruz in terms of spring and the new life it brings. He explained that the equinox is a symbol of the messengers of God and the message that they proclaim is like a spiritual springtime, and that Naw-Ruz is used to commemorate it.

As with all Bahai holy days, there are few fixed rules for observing Naw-Ruz, and Bahais all over the world celebrate it as a festive day, according to local custom. Persian Bahai's still observe many of the Iranian customs associated with Nowruz such as the Haft Sin, but American Bahai communities, for example, may have a potluck dinner, along with prayers and readings from Bahai scripture.

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