From sunset on April 20 to sunset on May 2, Bahá’ís throughout the world celebrate the 12-day Festival of Ridván. "Ridván" means paradise, and is named for the Garden of Ridván outside Baghdad, where Bahá’u’lláh stayed for 12 days after the Ottoman Empire exiled Him. On the first (April 21), ninth (April 29) and 12th days of Ridván (May 2) work and schooling are suspended. The festival is significant because of Bahá’u’lláh's public declaration that He was "Him Whom God shall make manifest" and a Manifestation of God, and thus it forms the beginning of the Bahá’í Faith.
During Bahá’u’lláh's first day in the garden, He made a further three announcements: 1. abrogating religious war which was permitted in Islam and under certain conditions by The Báb. 2. that there would not be another Manifestation of God for another 1,000 years. 3. that all the names of God were fully manifest in all things.
Source for historical information is from Bahaikipedia.
This gallery features artwork inspired by Ridván.
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