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Ayyam-i-Ha gifts, Baha'iHappy Ayyám-i-HáAyyám-i-Há refers to a period of four or five intercalary days in the Bahá'í calendar, when Bahá'ís celebrate the Festival of Ayyám-i-Há. The four or five days occur between the 18th and 19th months of the calendar. This photo shows part of the crescent-shaped beach at Bean Hollow State Beach near Pescadero on the San Mateo Coast of California, along Highway 1.
Ayyám-i-Há refers to a period of four or five intercalary days in the Bahá'í calendar, when Bahá'ís celebrate the Festival of Ayyám-i-Há.

The four or five days occur between the 18th and 19th months of the calendar.

"The 19 months of the Bahá’í calendar are named after the attributes of God," notes Bahaikipedia.

"Ayyám-i-Há, which means the 'Days of Há' ~ Há is the Arabic letter corresponding to the English H ~ commemorates the transcendence of God over his attributes since its name 'Ha' has been used as a symbol of the essence of God in the Bahá’í holy writings.

"Under the Arabic abjad system, the letter Há has the numerical value of five, which is equal to the maximum number of days in Ayyám-i-Há."

"Before 172 B.E. (2015 A.D.), Ayyám-i-Há was from sunset on Feb. 25 to sunset on March 1, which caused the calendar to be automatically synchronized with Gregorian leap years," Wikipedia notes.

"From 172 B.E., the number of days between the 18th and 19th months (Mulk and `Alá'), and therefore the length of Ayyám-i-Há, vary according to the timing of the following vernal equinox, so that the next year always starts on the day of the vernal equinox."

Wikipedia also explains Ayyám-i-Há's historical context.

"The Báb, the Founder of the Bábí Faith, instituted the Badí‘ calendar in the Persian Bayán with 19 months of 19 days each and a period of intercalary days to allow for the calendar to be solar," according to Wikipedia.

"The introduction of intercalation marked an important break from Islam, as under the Islamic calendar the practice of intercalation had been specifically prohibited in the Qur'án. The Báb did not, however, specify where the intercalary days should go."

In the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (often referred to as the Most Holy Book and the Book of Laws), Bahá'u'lláh, Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, confirmed and adopted the Badi calendar.

"{Bahá'u'lláh} placed the intercalary days before the fasting month of `Alá," according to Wikipedia, "the 19th and last month, and gave the intercalary days the name 'Ayyám-i-Há' or 'Days of Ha'."

"During the Festival of Ayyám-i-Há Bahá’ís are encouraged to celebrate God and his oneness by showing love, fellowship and unity," Bahaikipedia adds. "In many instances Bahá’ís give and accept gifts to show forth the love....

"It is also a time of charity and goodwill and Bahá’ís often participate in various projects of a humanitarian nature."

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(Editor's note: Both Wikipedia and Bahaikipedia quotations have been altered to reflect my editing style, which usually incorporates AP Style.)
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