Two new web resources available as the Bicentenary approaches

Two newly prepared websites have just been released as part of the build-up to the worldwide celebrations of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh next month. Firstly, there is now a special section on the UK Bahá’í website (click on the photo below to visit) about the Bicentenary:

Photo: Artwork from the new section of the UK Bahá’í website (click the picture above to be taken there).

Second, a beautiful dedicated global site for the Bicentenary has also just been made available (click on the picture below to visit):

Photo: Screenshot of the new world website describing some of what is happening worldwide as  Bahá’ís celebrate the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth (click picture to visit).

We have also now added these links to our own page about the Bicentenary here on our Calderdale site. Exciting times!


Picnic celebrations in the build-up to the Bicentenary!

Families and friends joined with the Bahá’ís of Calderdale in the gardens of the Jubilee Children’s Centre , Halifax, on a September Saturday afternoon to celebrate the upcoming Bicentenary of the prophet founders of the Bahá’í Faith:

Photo: Friends and Bahá’ís from the Calderdale community at a picnic held at the Jubilee Children’s Centre, Halifax in September 2017.

All the children, who attend Bahá’í classes offered by the Calderdale community, along with their parents and friends, met together for a multicultural picnic in celebration of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh 200 years ago (which took place in October 1817).

The classes our community offer focus on the unity of all faiths. Children learn with us about the spiritual virtues enshrined in all the major religions. There are currently eight regular children in the class from different backgrounds and cultures. This is a community project and is open to everyone.

At the picnic food was shared and lots of games enjoyed such as hopscotch, scavenger hunts and frisbee rounders.  Everyone had a great time socialising and laughing together, in the beautiful landscaped Jubilee gardens.

The picnic has been just one of many events, including a ceilidh, donation of gifts, tree planting and presentations leading up to the main event that our community will be holding to celebrating Bahá’u’lláh’s birthday – which will be held in the Town Hall in Halifax, next month, on October 21st.

The Bahá’ís of Calderdale would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to all the parents and friends who came together with us to help us celebrate this very special time and moment in the history of the Bahá’í Faith!

Attending a wonderful Baha’i Summer School for the North of England last month!

Nearly 250 people got together last month, from 3rd to 8th August, to attend the North of England Bahá’í ‘Summer School’. The Summer School this year was held in the beautiful surroundings of Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, near York.

Bahá’í Summer Schools are a popular place for people to meet together, to find out new things at various courses and events at the schools, and to catch up with old friends from around the world. The people attending the School last month came to the North of England from as far away as the South coast of England, from South Wales, the North East of Scotland and from almost everywhere else in between!

Photo: Group picture of people attending the North of England Bahá’í Summer School, August 2017, held at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, near York.

Bahá’ís from Calderdale attended and were actively involved in organising and running what turned out to be a most enjoyable and successful six days of studying together, learning and having great fun! Children and younger adults also had the opportunity to make new friends and to enjoy their own dedicated programme of activities at the School.

We are all now very much looking forward to next year’s School!