Holy days

Bahá’ís observe eleven holy days each year. These occasions are usually observed with community gatherings in large or small settings, with programs befitting the significance of the day. For a list of the holy days please refer to the holy days page on the Canadian Baha’i website.

Upcoming holy day observances

  • Twin Holy Birthdays
    (from sunset on Nov 5 to sunset on November 7, 2021)

    The Bab was born on October 20, 1819, in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran). His name was Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad. He later took the title of “the Bab”, meaning “the Gate”. The Bab was the herald of the Baha’i Faith.

    Baha’u’llah was born on November 12, 1817, in Tehran, Persia. His name was Mirza Husayn-‘Ali. The name Baha’u’llah means the “Glory of God”, and he is the founder of the Baha’i Faith.

    The Birth of the Báb and the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh occurred on consecutive days according to the Islamic lunar calendar. These Holy Days are celebrated on the first and second days of the eighth lunar month after Naw-Rúz (the Baha’i new year and spring equinox). They are two of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.

    More details to come about our celebrations in Summerland and area. Please email us for information.