Photographs from where
Bahá'u'lláh visited on display upstairs Bahá'í Centre Main Room.
Bahá'í Holy Days
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Bahá'ís of Ottawa come from a variety of backgrounds, brought together
by a common belief in the oneness of humanity and the unity of
religion. We work alongside others to become a force of positive
change, applying insights from the Bahá'í teachings to bring about a
more just, peaceful and unified community.
celebrations held across Ottawa
March 21st ushered in the first
day of spring, a time when Canadians begin to look forward to warmer
weather. The date is significant in many countries, with different
ethnic and cultural groups around the world celebrating their new year
at the same time as the spring equinox. In addition, for the world-wide
Baha'i community, March 21st this year also marked the beginning of a
new year - the 175th year of the Badi calendar. For Baha'is,
the new year coincides with the completion of a 19-day period of
fasting. This is a period in which Baha'is strive for spiritual renewal
- a time for reflection, contemplation, mindfulness, prayer and a quest
to improve our character. Just as the spring equinox heralds a time of
renewal as the snow melts, and the landscape slowly but surely awakens
from its winter hibernation, so also, the Baha'i new year represents a
time of renewal of the spirit.
This year, Baha'i families across the city of Ottawa welcomed the new
year with much joy and happiness. In the east end community of Orleans,
the Missaghian family celebrated Naw-Ruz with a small gathering of
friends and neighbours on March 24. "This new year is a particularly
special one as it is the first one following the 200th anniversary of
the birth of Baha'u'llah", said Nadim Missaghian, who works for Public
Services and Procurement Canada.
Nadim, his wife
Christina and their two teenage daughters decided to do
something special to celebrate Naw-Ruz. In addition to serving coffee,
tea and delicious sweets and decorating the house with streamers and
balloons, the family setup three conversation stations on the main
floor - one in the living room, one in the dining room and one in the
kitchen. Each station was marked by a different theme - elimination of
all forms of prejudice, progressive revelation and unity in diversity. more...
Community Celebrates Ayyám-i-Há!
Ayyám-i-Há is a period of
hospitality and gift-giving celebrated by Bahá’í communities throughout
the world in individual homes and in larger gatherings.
On 25 February 2018, a group of 40 Bahá’ís in the North Nepean area,
along with their friends held their annual Ayyám-i-Há celebration at
the Nepean Sportplex. Over 40 people of all ages came out to celebrate
this year’s holiday theme of Singing in the Rain and mother nature
certainly obliged by sending a downpour of freezing rain on the same
The celebration of Ayyám-i-Há, also known as The Intercalary Days, is a
period of 4-5 days at the end of February that fall immediately before
the Bahá’í month of Fasting. Bahá’u’lláh said of these days: It
behoveth the people of Bahá, throughout these days, to provide good
cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and
needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to
sing His praise and magnify His Name; and when they end — these days of
giving that precede the season of restraint — let them enter upon the
The room which hosted the
celebration was decorated with cheerful spring-themed cut-outs: frogs,
ducks, and umbrellas! The celebration began with a delicious potluck
lunch, followed by Readings and Prayers about the significance and
meaning of Ayyám-i-Há, the nature of the upcoming Fast and the theme of
rain and sunshine in the Bahá’í Writings. more...
of Unity Concert Marks Bicentenary Birth of Bahá’u’lláh
Fiona Armstrong had a strong
desire to befittingly commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of
Baha'u'llah. To fulfill this wish, she conceived a plan for a musical
gala which would celebrate and pay tribute to Bahá’u’lláh. This wish
and plan became the Light of Unity Concert which drew many attendees on
Saturday evening September 23, 2017. The concert was held in the
Freiman performance hall in the University of Ottawa Music building, a
building Fiona was well familiar with, as a recent graduate from the
University's music program.
A diverse audience enjoyed an evening, which was stunning in its
musical diversity and quality, a worthy gift for Bahá’u’lláh.
The program opened with hostess Vivi Sorensen performing an East
Greenlandic drum dance. Melody Rowhani then sang Bahá’í prayers
accompanied by the ukelele, a rendition which created a reflective and
spiritual atmosphere for subsequent performances. Fiona played cello as
part of three very different duos: a lovely classical cello duo by
Handel with Natalie Salguero; a beautiful tune composed for the
occasion by Fiona and May-Jun Li, who played piano and sang; and two
modern pop-based pieces with Tyler Carlson on guitar. Read more...
Farm Children's Class celebrates Bicentenary Birth of Baha'u'llah
On Saturday, 28 October 2017,
almost 40 students, parents, friends and teachers from the Foster Farm
Children’s Class, came together to celebrate the bicentenary of the
birth of Bahá’u’lláh.
The children had been preparing for this celebration for a number of
weeks. One week, the children prepared invitations for
parents and friends to attend the celebration. Another week,
they worked on crowns, inscribing them with Bahá’u’lláh’s
message: “Attire mine head with the crown of justice, and my
temple with the ornament of equity.” There was a decorative
paper chain created with the attributes: justice, unity, love
and peace to name a few written on each link. Over the course
of several weeks, work was also undertaken to prepare a large-scale
mosaic art piece to mark the 200th anniversary of the Birth of
Baha'u'llah. The children worked hard on creating this art piece which
used large letters to state “Happy Birthday Bahá’u’lláh".
The program included prayers, songs, readings, games and refreshments
(including a birthday cake). Participants from different age-groups,
including two babies, enjoyed a joyous afternoon of
This celebration was one of over 80 celebrations held across the City
of Ottawa during the October/November time period to celebrate the
Bicentenary Birth of Baha'u'llah.
The Foster Farm children's class is held weekly, with the objective to
inspire in each child a love for our diverse human family as well as to
cultivate a praiseworthy character, developing spiritual qualities such
as truthfulness, generosity and kindness. Based on the teachings of
Baha'u'llah, these classes seek to inspire in the children a love of
God and His Prophets, with the intention of assisting the children
ultimately to contribute to the well-being of their neighbourhoods.
Baha'is Celebrate 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah
On a glorious Sunday afternoon,
22 October 2017, around 800 Baha'is along with their friends and
family, gathered at the Sala San Marco Convention Centre in Ottawa,
Ontario to celebrate the Bicentennial anniversary of the Birth of
Prophet Founder of the Baha'i Faith. Attendees represented
a diversity of cultures and age groups, including many children and
The participants were warmly welcomed by the MCs and acknowledgement
was given to the fact that the celebration was taking place on
traditional Algonquin territory. The programme began with prayers
chanted, sung and spoken in English, French, Persian, Arabic, Spanish
and Cantonese, representing some of the many diverse peoples that make
up the Ottawa Baha'i community.
The group was then enchanted by songs presented by the 30 member Baha'i
children's choir who, in sweet clear voices sang about Baha'u'llah, as
the Prince of Peace and the Promised One of All Ages. A joyful
rendition of "We are the World" followed, bearing the message
that, "there comes a time...when the world must come together as
one". Another local musician then performed a rendition of
the Dan Seals song "Help us all proclaim the Greatest Name" and another
crowd favourite from Fred Ward "In this day, Baha'u'llah..." Read