Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Celebration in Tacoma

The Tacoma Bahá’í Community celebrated the Twin Holy Days on Sunday, October 22nd, with a public observance in the auditorium of Tacoma Community College.  These holy days are in honor of the birth of the Báb, the Forerunner and Herald of Bahá’u’lláh, on October 21st, and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, on Sunday, October 22nd. As the Universal House of Justice said to us in a letter dated May, 2016, “these Holy Days should be viewed as special opportunities for the friends to reach out to the widest possible cross-section of society and to all those with whom they share a connection—whether through a family tie or common interest, an occupation or field of study, neighbourly relations or merely chance acquaintance—so that all may rejoice in the appearance, exactly two hundred years before, of One Who was to be the Bearer of a new Message for humankind.” Here are some photographs of that celebration.

American Indian welcome songs blessed the opening of the celebration.

An opening prayer was read in Spanish.



Followed by an opening prayer chanted in Farsi (Persian).


A Cambodian blessing dance was beautifully interpreted.

Sacred passages of the Bahá’í Writings were shared.


Images from new documentary “Light to the World” were shown during the readings, and at other times during the presentation.


“Blessed is the Spot”, a prayer by Bahá’u’lláh, was beautifully sung to piano accompaniment.

Followed by the performance of “The Engulfed Cathedral” by composer Claude Debussy, with images of Bahá’í Temples around the world serving as backdrop. Photo by Tushaun Vang.


Youth from Tacoma led the audience in song.


A lovely rendition of “Love is Light” followed the youth presentation.


The celebration concluded with a rousing audience participation sing along.


A banner in the lobby welcomed everyone to the celebration. Photo by Tushaun Vang.


A table with literature about us was in the lobby. Photo by Tushaun Vang.


Two large banners in the lobby presented some of the titles by which Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb were known. Photo by Tushaun Vang.















The desserts and refreshments were amazing! Including a beautiful birthday cake. Photo by Tushaun Vang.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photos by Gary Slone except where noted.
















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