04-22-2010 10:44 AM CET - Associations & Organizations

The Bahais of Barcelona, Spain, celebrate the Ridvan Festival

Press release from: Bahai Community of Barcelona, Spain
Comunidad bahai de Barcelona
Comunidad bahai de Barcelona
The Bahais of Barcelona, Spain, celebrate the start of the 12-day Ridvan Festival on 21 April.

The twelve day Ridvan Festival commemorates Baha'u'llah's announcement of his claim to prophethood and his departure from Baghdad in 1863, observed from sunset 20 April to sunset, 2 May. The first, ninth and twelfth days of Ridvan are major Baha'i holy days on which work should be suspended.

The Bahais of Barcelona gathered for the annual election of their local administrative council, the nine-member Local Spiritual Assembly, and later celebrated the Ridván Festival at the Community's venue in the centre of Barcelona.

The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh in nineteenth-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá'ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.

In the Bahá'í Faith, religious history is seen to have unfolded through a series of divine messengers, each of whom established a religion that was suited to the needs of the time and the capacity of the people. These messengers have included Abraham, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and others, and most recently the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh. In Bahá'í belief, each consecutive messenger prophesied of messengers to follow, and Bahá'u'lláh's life and teachings fulfilled the end-time promises of previous scriptures. Humanity is understood to be in a process of collective evolution, and the need of the present time is for the gradual establishment of peace, justice and unity on a global scale.

Bahai Community of Barcelona
Calle Galileo 336, entlo. dcha.
08028 Barcelona

Phone: 0034934399029


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