Bahá’í community celebrates bicentenary

By Lindsay Advocate

The Bahá’í community of Kawartha Lakes Invites You To The Bicentenary Celebration ‘Birth of the Báb’ and the Birth of Bahá’ u ’lláh Celebrated Consecutively on Tuesday, October 29 at 4:30 pm at the Community Care Village, Common Room, at 65 Melbourne Street West, Lindsay.

For more information please contact or phone: 705-731-7100. Dinner will be served.

Background: Bahá’ís in Kawartha Lakes, across Canada and around the world are celebrating significant anniversaries in the history of the Bahá’í Faith. October 2019 marks the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, the prophet-herald of Bahá’u’lláh.

2017 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet and founder of the Bahá’í Faith. The coming of Bahá’u’lláh was foretold by the Báb, whose name means “the Gate” in Arabic.

Appearing in mid19th century Persia, the Báb led a movement calling for spiritual and moral reformation, which paid particular attention to the position of women and the poor. He established a new religion, and his followers responded to government repression with great acts of heroism.

The Báb prepared His followers for the imminent appearance of a new Messenger of God, who would guide humanity into a new era of peace and justice promised in all the world’s religions: Bahá’u’lláh. Born in 1817 in Tehran, Bahá’u’lláh is revered around the world as the most recent of history’s Messengers from God, whose purpose has been to guide humanity towards the advancement of human civilization.

Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings revolve around the oneness of humanity, and His Revelation signals a special time in history as the entire human race moves to a new stage in its collective maturity and wholeness. The challenges and tribulations of this transitional phase in the story of humanity resemble the changes encountered as a person passes through adolescence and becomes an adult.

The world is on the threshold of an age in which education for all, equality of women and men, a just and equitable system of governing the earth, and upholding science and religion will be among the values and achievements of a prosperous and peaceful society. The Birth of Bahá’u’lláh and the Birth of the Báb are celebrated as twin holy days, and festivities encompass both days with events spread over a 48-hour period.

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