The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Father’s Day & Shaheedi Guru Arjan Devji

June 16, 2019 - Father's Day Sunday, June 16, 2019 is Father's Day in the United States. The annual holiday falls on the third Sunday of June. Father's Day is meant to honor fathers, fatherhood, and paternal bonds. The origins of Father's Day is unclear. Some believe it was created in response to Mother's Day…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Laylat al-Qadr & Eid al Fitr

Laylat al-Qadr – May 31, 2019 Laylat al-Qadr (also known as Lailat al Qadr or Laylatul Qadr) is the holiest night of the year for Muslims. The name Laylat al-Qadr translates to “Night of Power.” This night commemorates the night Allah (Arabic for God) revealed the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet Muhammad did…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Ascension of Bahau’llah & Ascension of Jesus

Ascension of Baha'u'llah - May 29, 2019 From the evening of May 28, 2019 through May 29, 2019, Bahá’ís around the world will celebrate the Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh. The holiday commemorates the anniversary of the death of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Baha’u’llah was seventy-five years old when he passed away on May…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Beltane and The Last Day of Ridván

May 1, 2019 - Beltane Beltane is a Pagan holiday, and one of the eight Sabbats. It falls about halfway between the spring equinox (Ostara) and the coming summer solstice, Litha. The holiday celebrates spring at its peak, and the coming summer. Beltane also sometimes goes by the name May Day. This holiday is associated…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: First Day of Ridván

April 21, 2019 - The First Day of Ridván  The First Day of Ridván is an important Baha'i holiday. Riḍván is a twelve-day festival that celebrates the beginnings of the Bahá'í Faith in 1863. It does this by commemorating Bahá'u'lláh's declaration that he was a Manifestation of God. Ridván means paradise, and is named for the Garden of Ridván…
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