Celebrating the Bicentenary in our local community

In just over a week, Bahá’ís around the world will celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith. The Bicentenary celebrations will be held on the 21st and 22nd of October. Gatherings celebrating the life, and exploring the teachings, of Bahá’u’lláh will be held in localities everywhere. People from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs, will be participating in these celebrations that represent an historic moment for Bahá’ís all over the world.

For me it is a particularly exciting time. My local Bahá’í community – Calderdale – is holding a celebration in the Halifax Town Hall on the 21st of October. The event will join together not only the local Bahá’ís, their families, friends and local government representatives but also a wider community of interested people who are already participating in some of the activities that we hold locally.

Photo: Vera from the Calderdale community, looking forward to the upcoming Bicentenary celebration in Halifax!

One of these activities, a children’s class that is held in Halifax every Saturday, is particularly dear to me. As a Bahá’í and a mother of two young children myself, this is a precious opportunity both for the children and for my own spiritual development. The class focuses on spiritual qualities, such as truthfulness, generosity and kindness, and is open to all. The children and some parents, who also participate in the class, are from a variety of backgrounds. When they attend they will undoubtedly enrich the Bicentenary celebrations in Halifax later this month!

I really feel the unifying spirit of the upcoming Halifax event, and it makes me think very much about one of my favourite sacred writings from the Bahá’í Faith, which I have copied below:

“The purpose of religion as revealed from the heaven of God’s holy Will is to establish unity and concord amongst the peoples of the world; make it not the cause of dissension and strife.”

-Bahá’u’lláh

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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!