Intercalary days are coming

Ayyám-i-Há February 26 – March 1

In the West, the Intercalary Days (Ayyám-i-Há) are the four days of the year (five days in leap year) which fall between the eighteenth and nineteenth month of the Bahá’í Calendar (Mulk and ‘Alá’), February 26 to March 1. These days are set aside for hospitality, gift-giving, special acts of charity, and preparing for the Fast. In Nabil’s Narrative, the purpose of these days is explained:

Bahá’u’lláh designated [the] days as the           “Ayyám-i-Há” [Intercalary Days] and ordained that they should immediately precede the month of ‘Alá’, which is the month of fasting. He enjoined upon His followers to devote these days to feasting, rejoicing, and charity. Immediately upon the termination of these intercalary days, Bahá’u’lláh ordained the month of fasting to begin.

Nabil’s Narrative, Abridged

Photos by John Keith Slone

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