Bahá’ís around the world celebrate nine holy days and two commemorative days. These occasions are usually
observed with community gatherings in large or small settings, with programs befitting the significance of the event.
Other significant events in the Bahá’í calendar are the Ayyám-i-Há and the month of fasting.
Important Days in the Bahá’í calendar
Bahá’í Holy Days
21 March: Naw-Rúz - Bahá’í New Year
21 April: First Day of Ridván (meaning “Paradise” in Arabic) — the most important of the Bahá’í Holy Days. It is the day on which Bahá’u’lláh declared His mission as a Messenger of God in the Garden of Ridván.
29 April: Ninth Day of Ridván, the day on which Bahá’u’lláh’s family joined Him in the Garden of Ridván.
2 May: Twelfth Day of Ridván, the day on which Bahá’u’lláh and His family left the garden to travel to Constantinople.
24 May: Declaration of the Báb, the anniversary of the Báb’s announcement of His mission in 1844.
29 May: Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh, marking the passing of Bahá’u’lláh in 1892.
10 July: Martyrdom of the Báb, who was executed in 1850.
26 October: Birth of the Báb, commemorating His birth in 1819
27 October: Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, commemorating His birth in 1817
26 November: Day of the Covenant, commemorating Bahá’u’lláh’s appointment of His son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the Center of His Covenant
28 November: Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, marking the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 1921