Baha’is observe annual Festival of Ridván
Nevada County Bahá’í communities and friends will gather April 21 and April 29, to celebrate the annual Festival of Ridván.
The observance on April 29 is open to the public and will be at the South Yuba River State Park (Bridgeport Covered Bridge). It will begin with a brief devotional at noon, followed by a picnic and wildflower hike. Call 530-477-7017 for details.
The word “Ridván” means “Paradise.” For 12 days from April 21 to May 2, 1863, Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í faith, resided in a garden in Baghdad that he dubbed “the Garden of Ridván.”
There Bahá’u’lláh publicly proclaimed his mission as God’s messenger for this age. At the time of his proclamation, Bahá’u’lláh was an exile in Baghdad, banished from his native Persia because of his teachings.
The Festival of Ridván is celebrated by Bahá’ís throughout the world with joy and fellowship.
Bahá’u’lláh wrote of the garden, “This is the Paradise, the rustling of whose leaves proclaims: ‘O ye that inhabit the heavens and the earth! There hath appeared what hath never previously appeared. He Who, from everlasting, had concealed His face from the sight of creation is now come.’”
The Bahá’í faith teaches the oneness of God, the oneness of religion, and the oneness of mankind. Bahá’ís believe that in every age, God sends a divine educator, a manifestation of God, whose purpose is to restate and renew the eternal truths of religion and to address the specific needs of the age in which he appears.
They believe that Bahá’u’lláh is the manifestation of God, whose purpose is to restate and renew the eternal truths of religion and to address the specific needs of the age in which he appears.
They believe that Bahá’u’lláh is the manifestation of God for this age in mankind’s evolution. This “spiritual springtime” as it is called in the Bahá’í writings, when the efforts of all the previous messengers of God, such as Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ, Muhammad, and Bahá’u’lláh’s prophet-herald, the Báb, will blossom and bear their fruit.
Thus, the occurrence of the Festival of Ridván at the height of the spring season bears a special significance for Bahá’ís.
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