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 Baha'i Holy Days  


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Holy Days


Feast of Naw-Rz
March 21
(Baha'i New Year)

Ridvan Festival
April 21-May 2
(Declaration of Baha'u'llah)

  • The first day of Ridvan
  • (April 21)
    "The first day of Ridvan (should be celebrated) at about 3 p.m."
    - on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, letter dated November 27, 1938
  • The ninth day of Ridvan
  • (April 29)
  • The twelfth day of Ridvan
  • (May 2)

Declaration of the Bab
May 23
"The anniversary of the declaration of the Bab (should be celebrated) at about two hours after sunset."
- on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, letter dated November 27, 1938

Ascension of Baha'u'llah
May 29
"The anniversary of the ascension of Baha'u'llah (should be commemorated) at 3 a.m."
- on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, letter dated November 27, 1938

Martyrdom of the Bab
July 9
"The anniversary of the martyrdom of the Bab (should be commemorated) at about noon."
- on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, letter dated November 27, 1938

Birth of the Bab
October 20

Birth of Baha'u'llah
November 12

Day of the Covenant
November 26

Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha
November 28
"The anniversary of the ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha (should be commemorated) at 1 a.m."
- on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, letter dated November 27, 1938



Days of Fasting
March 1
Nineteen Days beginning at sunset and from sunrise to sunset for the next 19 days.

Race Unity*
June 10

World Religion Day*
January 20

*Established by the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and increasingly observed by non-Baha'i individuals and organizations.

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