2017 - A Special Year

Halifax 200th Anniversary Celebration - All are Welcome

All are invited to this commemoration event which will feather entertainment, an art show, refreshments and fellowship.

Twin Birthday Celebration - All are welcome

This is a separate event preceeding the Sunday Anniversary event at the Rebecca Cohn which together are referred to as the Twin Birthdays (the commemorations of the Birth of the Bab and of Baha'u'llah.   This is on the CFB Halifax site.  A picture ID will be needed to get on the military grounds.  Ask for directions at the Gate.

Artistic Presentations

To honour the upcoming Bicentenary, members of the  Baha'i Community and friends are invited to digitally submit copies of original artistic works that are created to convey a sense of what the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh and the Bahá'í Faith mean to humanity. If you have a work to submit on this theme send it to info@halifaxbahai.org or if you would like to participate in a live art show on Oct 22nd contact Mahnaz.Sobhani@gmail.com 

On this page there are currently 5 artistic items (see below for full images):
1. Names of Baha'u'llah by John Chesley
2. `Abdu'l-Baha by Misook Lee
3. Animation by Anna Quon
4. Poem by Anna Quon
5. Movie "Why Israel" by Gil Drummond

Bahá’ís Celebrate a Historic Bicentenary

Across Canada and around the world, Bahá’ís are celebrating a significant anniversary in the history of the Bahá’í Faith. It is the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet and founder of the  Faith. More than five million Bahá’ís around the world today revere Bahá’u’lláh as the most recent of history’s Messengers from God whose purpose has been to guide humanity towards the advancement of human civilization.

Bahá’ís are eagerly anticipating the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh on Sunday, October 22. This historic occasion is immediately preceded by the Birth of the Báb, the Prophet- Herald of the Bahá’í Faith on October 21.

In Halifax a series of events and activities are planned over the months leading up to the Anniversary and beyond.  You are invited to celebrate with your Bahá’í friends and neighbours at various events and are encouraged to learn more about Bahá’u’lláh during this Special Year.   Please check back often to see new events.


Learn more about Bahá'u'lláh at :  Bahá'u'lláh Information

Celebration Event - All are Invited

October 22, 2017 marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith. All are warmly invited to attend our special commemoration on Sunday, Oct. 22nd at 2pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

Artistic Representations

Image #1: Names of Bahá’u’lláh – by John Chesley. Constructed using online software at Wordart.com
Bahá’u’lláh is referred to by many names that indicate His station, His significance and His fulfillment of the prophecies of all religions.

Image #2: `Abdu’l-Baha - by Misook (Helen) Lee. Painting
`Abdu'l-Bahá which means “servant of the glory of God” was the eldest son of Bahá’u’lláh. He is commonly referred to in Bahá'í texts as "The Master"  but has a unique role in religious history. The Will and Testament of Bahá'u'lláh named `Abdu'l-Bahá as Centre of the Covenant, successor and interpreter of Bahá'u'lláh's writings. He is also considered the perfect exemplar of Bahá’u’lláh’s spirit and teachings.
For more information on `Abdu’l-Baha see: http://www.bahai.org/abdul-baha/

Submission #3 :  Hidden Word Animation by Anna Quon

Animation:    hyacinth .mp4  based on a Writing of Baha'u'llah called the Hidden Words

O Son of My Handmaid!
Quaff from the tongue of the merciful the stream of divine mystery, and behold from the dayspring of divine utterance the unveiled splendor of the daystar of wisdom. Sow the seeds of My divine wisdom in the pure soil of the heart, and water them with the waters of certitude, that the hyacinths of knowledge and wisdom may spring up fresh and green from the holy city of the heart.

Submission #4:  Poem by Anna Quon

Nightingale of Paradise

In Your father’s dream, you swam in a limitless ocean
each jet black hair in the mouth of a fish
that followed You, obedient
as though to the pull of the moon
as You floated alone on the waters at dawn
Sun golden on your fearless brow.

Later, the Maid of Heaven came to You
In the darkness, while a chain hung heavy around your neck,
Its weight as bitter as a tooth ache.
Warmth poured over You and she said
“By God! This is the Best-Beloved of the worlds… “
And then You knew You were not
Like any other man;
the Star around which
Heaven turns, celestial one,
the Heart of

Years later,
In the Garden of Ridvan
You told your secret
To those gathered
In farewell

They rejoiced like the nightingales
Who sang unceasing to the roses
At midnight. Those same blooms the
gardeners gathered at dawn and
piled at Your feet. Oh such a mountain of
beauty, no one could see over it,
this fragrant heap of good byes.

Then, while your followers
Wept and groaned
You rode from the Garden
On a red roan
Obedient as an angel
To the fleeting command
Of earthly rulers.
Imperious, unknowing,
they did God’s bidding

Even as they tumbled from
The seats of loftiness
And you, an exile, a prisoner
Whom no earthly power could hold—
The scent of roses clinging to your hair—

Only those with
The eyes of Love
Could see that
Wherever You left,
Grass shrivelled
In your wake,
Birds fell silent
and Creation trembled.
And wherever You stopped,
Bending from your horse
For a cupful of water,

There was Paradise.

Submission #5 - Movie by Gil Drummond
Available on YouTube at :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VONsi-Ox08Y&feature=youtu.beY   (Runs about 8 min)

In this movie made while on pilgrimage to the Baha'i Holy places in Haifa and Akka, Israel, Gil explains why he became a Baha'i and why a native Nova Scotian from Cherrybrook has gone to Israel.   How Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith, came to be in Israel makes interesting reading and is a significant part of His history and the present and future operations of the Baha'i Faith's Institutions.