by Glenn Franco Simmons
"Naw-Rúz is one of nine holy days for Bahá’ís worldwide and the first day of the calendar occurring on the vernal equinox, around March 20," according to Bahaikipedia. "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.
"Naw-Rúz is one of nine Bahá’í holy days where work is to be suspended. ... It is usually a festive event observed with meetings for prayer and music and dancing. Since the new year also ends the month of fasting the celebration is often combined with a dinner. As with all Bahá’í holy days, there are few fixed rules for observing Naw-Rúz, and Bahá’ís all over the world celebrate it as a festive day, according to local custom.
"Persian Bahá’ís still observe many of the Iranian customs associated with Naw-Rúz, but American Bahá’í communities, for example, may have a potluck dinner, along with prayers and readings from Bahá’í literature."
That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. The Great Being saith: Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth. In another passage He hath proclaimed: It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
Excerpt source: Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. Author: Bahá’u’lláh. U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1990 pocket-size edition. Excerpt © Bahá'í International Community. Image courtesy of NASA. Image use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use.