You may be wondering...

What is a Fireside?

A fireside is an informal discussion of topics Bahá'í topics such as Bible prophecies, the nature of God, or the relationship of Bahá'í to other religions.  There is never any admission charge or monetary contributions expected (people who are not members cannot contribute financially to the Bahá'í Faith).  Light refreshments are generally served.  It is perfectly all right just to come and listen.  Please feel welcomed! 

Bahá'í  temple, New Delhi, India

What is a Study Circle?

A study circle is a meeting where people study a particular Bahá'í book together.  It is thus more structured than a fireside.  Currently, the Bahá'ís in this area are studying books written by the Ruhi Institute.  These books are sequential, with book 1 (Reflections on the Life of the Spirit) written at the introductory level for Bahá'ís or for seekers.  More advanced books assume familiarity with Bahá'í concepts.   

Bahá'í temple in Panama

What is a Devotional?

A devotional is a meeting where Bahá'ís and visitors meet informally and read the writings and pray. Readings might be from the Bahá'í scriptures, or from the Koran, the Bible, or any other holy book.  People are free to read prayers or to pray in their own words. Discussion is usually minimal, as the emphasis is on prayer and meditation.  There will be no admission charge or monetary contribution expected from visitors.

Bahá'í  temple in Wilmette, Illinois, USA

What is a Feast?

Once each Bahá'í month, usually on the first day, Bahá'ís come together at a meeting called a Feast.  The meeting has three parts: a spiritual portion, with readings from Bahá'í scripture, an administrative portion, where the affairs of the community are considered, and a social portion, graced with light refreshments.  Since the affairs of the community are being decided, rather than discussions of various Bahá'í questions, only Bahá'ís can attend a Feast.

Bahá'í temple near Sydney, Australia

 

 

What is the Bahá'í Calendar?

Bahá'ís have a distinct calendar, with nineteen months of nineteen days, plus four (five in leap years) intercalary days that Bahá'ís call Ayyám'i'Há (thus, 19x19+4=365).  The year begins with Naw-Ruz on March 21 (the first day of Spring), following nineteen days of daytime fasting (info).  The months are named for the attributes of God.  There are also nine holy days throughout the year, including commemorations of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh and the Birth of the Báb in November), and the Declaration of the Báb (May 23), and others.   We are now in Bahá'í year 173.

Bahá'í temple neaKampala, Uganda

What is the celebration of Ridvan?

In 1863, Bahá'u'lláh had been a prisoner of the Turkish Government in Baghdad for several years.  He had been ordered to move to Constantinople.  While the caravan was being prepared, the family encamped in an garden near town for twelve days. It was during that time, April 22 to May 3 of 1863, that Bahá'u'lláh announced to His followers that He was the One Whose coming had been foretold, the Promised One of all the Prophets.  The Garden where this declaration took place has become known to Bahá'ís as the "Garden of Ridvan," and the days Bahá'u'lláh spent there are celebrated as the "Feast of Ridvan". Bahá'is celebrate the first, ninth, and twelfth day of Ridvan.

Bahá'í temple near Santiago, Chile (model)

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