If Not Happy And Joyous, Then When Will We Be?

February 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
If we are not happy and joyous
at this season, for what other season
shall we wait and for what
other time shall we look?
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
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I found this excerpt from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and it seemed so fitting for Naw-Rúz, although he was speaking of a "spiritual spring" and a this epoch as the "Promised Age, the assembling of the human race to the 'Resurrection Day'."  begins in the evening of Friday, March 20, and ends in the evening of Saturday, March 21, which is the Bahá'í New Year; as such, it is a Bahá'í holy day.
"{It} is one of nine holy days for Bahá’ís worldwide and the first day of the calendar occurring on the vernal equinox, around March 21," notes Bahaikipedia, which is not an official Bahá'í Faith source.
"Norouz, historically and in contemporary times, is the celebration of the traditional Iranian new year holiday and is celebrated throughout the countries of the Middle East and Central Asia such as in Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, and Turkey. Since ancient times it has been a national holiday in Iran and was celebrated by more than one religious group.
"The Báb, and then Bahá’u’lláh, adopted the day as a holy day and associated it with the Most Great Name of God."
The Báb ~ Arabic for the Gate, preceded Bahá’u’lláh and instituted a new calendar composed of 19 months, each of 19 days.
"Each of the months is named after an attribute of God; similarly each of the 19 days in the month also are named after an attribute of God," notes Bahaikipedia. "The first day and the first month were given the attribute of Bahá, an Arabic word meaning splendour or glory, and thus the first day of the year was the day of Bahá in the month of Bahá. The day was called the Day of God by The Báb, and was associated with He whom God shall make manifest, a messianic figure in The Báb's writings. The remaining eighteen days of the first month were then associated with the eighteen Letters of the Living, The Báb's apostles envisioning a celebration that would last 19 days.
"Bahá’u’lláh adopted the new calendar and the use of Naw-Rúz as a holy day. The day follows the Bahá’í month of fasting, and He explained that Naw-Rúz was associated with the Most Great Name of God, and was instituted as a festival for those who observed the fast.
"The symbolic notion of the renewal of time in each religious dispensation was made explicit by the writings of The Báb and Bahá’u’lláh and the calendar and the new year made this spiritual metaphor more concrete. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained that significance of Naw-Rúz in terms of spring and the new life it brings. He explained that the equinox is a symbol of the Manifestations of God, who include Jesus, Muhammad, The Báb and Bahá’u’lláh among others, and the message that they proclaim is like a spiritual springtime, and that Naw-Rúz is used to commemorate it."
Source for excerpts used above: Baha'i World Faith - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Section, p. 351. U.S. Bahá'í Publishing Trust. Sixth Printing of 1956 Edition, 1976. ISBN 0-87743-043-8. LCC# 56-8259. Excerpt © Bahá'í International Community.



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