Baha’is of Escondido and all Baha’is communities around the world will celebrate the Festival of Ridvan, a twelve day festival from April 20 – May 1. It is the holiest Baha’i Festival, Ridvan means paradise and is named for the garden of Ridvan outside Baghdad where Baha’u’llah stayed for 12 days in 1863 before being exiled to Istanbul.
The Festival commemorates Baha’u’llah’s declaration as God’s messenger for a new age whose message is to unite the world’s peoples. Baha’u’llah proclaimed the foundational spiritual principles that lie at the heart of His teachings – signalizing the arrival of a new stage in the evolution of the life of humanity characterized by justice and peace for all mankind.
The 1st, 9th and 12 days of Ridvan Festival are considered especially holy days marked by communal prayers, celebrations of fellowship, and acts of service.
Baha’is of Escondido will celebrate online with prayers and special presentations at 4 p.m. Monday April 20. This celebration is open to all, to join the celebration call 760-747-0049.