Bahá’ís of Tacoma – Bicentennial Birthdays of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb – 200 Years

October 22, 2017 is the anniversary of a special and joyous occasion for followers of Bahá’u’lláh. It is the 200th anniversary of His birth:  the birth of One Who was to be the Bearer of a new Message for humankind. The 198th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, the Herald of Bahá’u’lláh, falls the day before, on October 21, 2017. And, the Báb’s 200th anniversary will occur in 2019.  There is no greater event in human history than the arrival of God’s Messenger. He renews the spirit of faith, reminding everyone of the unchanging spiritual values to which we must strive to attain in our own persons, and instituting new laws to suit to current conditions.

There will be local festivities to celebrate these occasions, both in Tacoma and in surrounding communities. As we are told by the Universal House of Justice, our supreme governing body,

At the heart of these festivities must be a concerted effort to convey a sense of what it means for humanity that these two Luminaries rose successively above the horizon of the world. Of course, this will take different forms in different contexts, extending to a myriad artistic and cultural expressions, including songs, audio-visual presentations, publications and books. Such initiatives, coupled with widespread celebrations that are both uplifting and reverent, are also sure to spark the curiosity and wonder of many who may as yet be unfamiliar with the names of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.

Plans are being made. Stay curious. Stay tuned. Stay inspired.

 

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