Who is the Báb?
The Báb, which means "The Gate" in Arabic, is the forerunner of the prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith, Bahá’u’lláh. A manifestation of God in His own right, the Báb shared a new revelation and foretold the coming of the Promised One of all Ages. This year , Bahá’ís celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Báb. Find out more about the Báb, His life and mission here.
Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, Israel
Below is a calendar of events surrounding the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab, on October 28, 2019. It will be updated as more events are scheduled so check back regularly. All events listed here are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information on any of the events listed below contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 28, 2019 Join us for an interactive arts creation and performance event celebrating of the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab. Alderney Landing Theatre, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Arrive at 6:30 for a 7 pm start. Evening ends at 10 pm.
September 16, 2019 Poetry workshop inspired by the writings, life, and mission of the Bab. 6:30-9pm. Halifax
September 6, 2019 Nava Sarracino present "Tahirih", the story of a Persian poet who gave her life for women's rights. Women's Council House, 989 Young Avenue, Halifax, 7:30-9pm.
Who were the Letters of the Living?
The "Letters of the Living" is a term that collectively refers to the first eighteen people who, spontaneously and of their own accord, recognized the Báb's station and set out to spread His Teachings.
Recently, a group of women from the region came together to create a quilt, each designing a square inspired by the story of one of these Letters of the Living. Below are pictures of each square along with the inspiration and artist, followed by a photo of the finished quilt.
To learn more about the story of the Báb and the Letters of the Living, search the Bahá'í Reference Library at https://www.bahai.org/library/ or read the text of Nabil's narrative (The Dawn-Breakers).
Celebrating the Báb through the Arts
The arts and crafts have a high station in the Bahá'í Faith. Abdu’l‑Bahá, the son of Bahá'u'lláh and True Exemplar of the Faith, said, "In the Bahá’í Cause arts, sciences and all crafts are (counted as) worship." The following are some artistic expressions by local artists celebrating the Báb. if you would like to contribute art here, please contact Anna at email@example.com
"O Lord Provide" is an animated video created by Anna Quon for a song based on a prayer by the Báb. The music was created and performed by Bonnie & Noor who were recorded in 2015 for Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions. You can hear the original audio track here.