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Every nineteen days, Reform Bahais celebrate Feast on the first day of the Bahai month, which is a time for community worship, primarily by sharing readings of prayers and meditations. Non-Bahais are welcome to attend all portions of Feast.

As a religious calendar, the Bahai Calendar, in practice, is often felt to be attuned to modern life, allowing for fluctuating days of worship, once every nineteen days. Along with the nine Holy Days and other community events, the calendar can be as busy or non-hectic as one wishes. The months are named for attributes of God.


 

Bahai Calendar

Name of Month Gregorian Dates
   
Splendour 21 March — 8 April
Glory 9 April — 27 April
Beauty 28 April — 16 May
Grandeur 17 May — 4 June
Light 5 June — 23 June
Mercy 24 June — 12 July
Words 13 July — 31 July
Perfection 1 August — 19 August
Names 20 August — 7 September
Might 8 September — 26 September
Will 27 September — 15 October
Knowledge 16 October — 3 November
Power 4 November — 22 November
Speech 23 November — 11 December
Questions 12 December — 30 December
Honour 31 December — 18 January
Sovereignty 19 January — 6 February
Dominion 7 February — 25 February
The Days of Há 26 February — 1 March (intercalary)
Loftiness 2 March — 20 March (Month of fasting)

Holy Days

Naw-Ruz (Bahai New Year)
March 21

First day of Ridvan
April 21
(Ridvan is a Bahai festival during which Baha'u'llah first announced his mission in 1863 in the Garden of Ridvan [pronounced, rez-wan], prior to being exiled from Baghdad to Adrianople.)

Ninth day of Ridvan
April 29

Twelfth day of Ridvan
May 2

Declaration of the Bab
May 23

Ascension of Baha'u'llah
May 29

Martyrdom of the Bab
July 9

Birth of the Bab
October 20

Birth of Baha'u'llah
November 12

Day of the Covenant
November 26

Ascension of Abdul-Baha
November 28