Holy Year Archive

200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Founder of the Baha'i Faith :  Baha'u'llah

See Tributes and Events From Around the World at the Special Bicentenary SITE
including the video Baha'u'llah - Light to the World (available in 9 different languages)

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.

Halifax 200th Anniversary Celebration - All are Welcome.  No admission charges.

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

Rebecca Cohn Event Program Details + Reception and Art Show

Twin Birthday Celebration - All are welcome. Free admission.

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 Stadacona site.  A picture ID will be needed to get on the military grounds.  Ask for directions at the Gate on North Street (Note: Gottingen Street entrance is closed for construction).

Other Events Done or Planned

The Halifax Baha'i Community joins all the communities around the world in numerous activities done in honour of the 200th Anniversary of the Founder of the Baha'i Faith, Baha'u'llah. Here is a graphic rendition of many of the activities done or planned in HRM.

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.  

On this page there are currently 6 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
6. Is it ART or is it FOOD? It is multicultural DELICIOUS!

Beautiful New Site Dedicated to the Bicentennary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

The world governing body of the Bahá’í Faith, the Universal House of Justice, located at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel has lauched a new online portal, in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Persian, dedicated to highlighting the special commemorative events underway around the world.  It can be accessed at www.bicentenary.bahai.org .
Some content related to the coming anniversary is already available on the site, and the film "Light to the World" will be added on 18 October 2017.
Throughout the hours when the believers and their friends will celebrate the Birth of the Báb and the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the site will offer glimpses of activities in a few score locations that will be illustrative of the wide array of initiatives being undertaken in localities throughout the world.

Dayspring Children's Magazine - Special Bahá’u’lláh Edition

Dayspring is the United Kingdom Bahá’í magazine for children aged 5 to 12 and is a wonderful resource for the community.  This special bicentenary edition includes stories, songs, pictures, puzzles and other activities which can help children to learn about the life of Bahá’u’lláh and His teachings.  These timeless materials could be used in a variety of settings including, for example, children’s classes or activities taking place during the bicentenary period.

 A PDF copy of the 56 page magazine can be saved from the Dayspring website at http://dayspring-magazine.org.uk/ by clicking on the link, ‘Issue 96 + 97’

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

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.

Submission #6 - Is it ART or is it FOOD? It is multicultural DELICIOUS!
Food prepared for an Open House in Honour of Bahá’u’lláh.  Photos by Leah Burns. Food by various people.