Fast approaching is a significant day for the Baha’is around the world: the celebration of their new year. Each Baha’i year has 19 months and each month has 19 days. As we wrote before, the days of Ayyám-i-Há are followed by the month of Alá (loftiness) which is the last month of the Baha’i calendar and consist of the 19 days in which Baha’is observe the fast. These days are absolutely wonderful and prepare us for our new year.
This means…today, Baha’is all over the world are fasting (we might have to write about the fast on a different occasion). On the last day of the fast we celebrate the Naw-Ruz which is the first day of the year and thus of the month of Bahá (Splendour).
This new year on March 21st is not only celebrated by Baha’is but by many other groups. It is also the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.