Bicentenary of the Birth of

Inspired by the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, millions of people worldwide are celebrating the 200th anniversary of His birth on the 21st and 22nd of October 2017.

Bahá’u’lláh was born in Tehran in 1817. Two centuries later, the day of His birth is celebrated around the world alongside the birth of the forerunner of His Revelation, the Báb, born in 1819 on the day before the birth of Bahá’u’lláh according to the calendar used in Persia. These Twin Holy Birthdays are celebrated by Bahá’ís and their friends as one annual festival where the closely interwoven lives and missions of these two Divine Luminaries are remembered together.

Glimpses of celebrations from around the globe

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Broadcasts of events from several Bahá’í Houses of worship

schedule

New Delhi, IndiaBroadcast OCT 20 | 13:00 GMT

Apia, SamoaBroadcast OCT 20 | 19:00 GMT

Sydney, AustraliaBroadcast OCT 21 | 00:00 GMT

Kampala, UgandaBroadcast OCT 22 | 07:30 GMT

Langenhain, GermanyBroadcast OCT 22 | 11:30 GMT

Santiago, ChileBroadcast OCT 22 | 18:00 GMT

Wilmette, United StatesBroadcast OCT 22 | 20:30 GMT

Port Moresby, PNG Temple SiteBroadcast OCT 23 | 02:30 GMT

Norte del Cauca, COL Temple SiteRecorded OCT 22

Glimpses of celebrations from around the globe

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Africa

Below is a selection of reports, images, and artistic expressions from Africa, illustrative of the countless celebrations occurring throughout that region.

Americas

Below is a selection of reports, images, and artistic expressions from Americas, illustrative of the countless celebrations occurring throughout that region.

Asia

Below is a selection of reports, images, and artistic expressions from Asia, illustrative of the countless celebrations occurring throughout that region.

Australasia

Below is a selection of reports, images, and artistic expressions from Australasia, illustrative of the countless celebrations occurring throughout that region.

Europe

Below is a selection of reports, images, and artistic expressions from Europe, illustrative of the countless celebrations occurring throughout that region.

Hawaii
Sweden
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Inspiring afternoon of music and film in Stockholm, Sweden

Within the walls of the striking Eric Ericson hall, celebrations featured an afternoon of inspiring music and film. The celebration was also attended by a member of parliament.

Kurdistan region of Iraq
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Celebration in Erbil

The bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh is celebrated on the main street leading to the Ashti neighborhood in the city of Erbil.

Macau
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Watercolour postcards from Macau

A set of postcards created in Macau, with artistic renderings of the edifices and places associated with Bahá’u’lláh's life in the Holy Land.

Colombia
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Celebration in Tuchín, Colombia

A celebration in the town of Tuchín reflects the rich artistic culture of the Córdoba region in Northern Colombia.

Egypt
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Poem from Egypt about Bahá’u’lláh

This poem, inspired by the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, extols this day as the Day “whereon the portal of mercy, grace and understanding hath been unlocked…whereon the most great...

France
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Handmade bookmarks

These handmade bookmarks from Créteil-Nogent, France were offered as gifts during local celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

New Zealand
Poem honours Bicentenary

A poem written by an 11 year-old youth from New Zealand for the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

USA
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Mural takes shape in Hoboken, USA

An evolving mural took shape over nine days in an urban café in New Jersey, USA highlighting a quote from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh: "So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate...

Panama
Song from Arraijan, Panama about Bahá’u’lláh, The Glory of God
Russia
Music prepared for a concert in Eastern Siberia

Quotations, prayers and songs put to a range of melodies and styles of music for a concert held in Ulan-Ude in Eastern Siberia for the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

Australia
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Light of Unity concert galvanizes audience

An afternoon of music in Ballarat, Australia, for the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The Light of Unity concert featured performances inspired from Bahá’u’lláh’s Writings.

Denmark
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Treasure hunt in Copenhagen, Denmark

A treasure hunt throughout the city of Copenhagen, Denmark was organized as part of the bicentenary celebrations. Images were posted at various buildings throughout the city, and, when scanned with...

Norway
Beacons lit in the mountains of Norway

Arrangements were made for beacons to be lit throughout Norway in honour of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, starting with Rana in the north and then moving through central Norway...

Hawaii
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Stained glass mosaic

A number of stained glass pieces from Hawaii illuminate the Greatest Name.

Macau
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Music and publication from Macau entitled “King of Peace”
Philippines
Songs about Bahá’u’lláh in Tagalog

Songs about service to humanity sung in Tagalog by children in the Philippines for the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

United Kingdom
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Poems from the United Kingdom about the bicentenary
Switzerland
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Celebrations from across Switzerland
Kuwait
Song about peace and unity

This song from Kuwait was presented for the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. It is based on a traditional folklore melody from the region.

Spain
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Artistic celebrations in Madrid

To celebrate the occasion, the community in Madrid shared artistic expressions of music and drama, including pieces played on the cello, piano, and flute. Three songs were taught and sung together...

Switzerland
Poem "Days of Remembrance" from Switzerland

This poem about the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh was performed as a song at one of the many celebrations that took place in Switzerland.

Sweden
Youth from Umeå sing about their love for God
Austria
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Celebrating at philharmonic hall in St. Pölten, Austria
Bahrain
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Sand animation from Bahrain about the life of Bahá’u’lláh
Kyrgyzstan
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Painting of Mansion of Mazra’ih made of wool
United Kingdom
Watercolor painting inspired by Writings of Bahá'u'lláh
Bahrain
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Celebrating peace and unity in Bahrain

The Bahá'í Social Society in the Kingdom of Bahrain organized a reception on the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. More than 120 guests attended this celebration...

Barbados
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Works of art from Barbados

Pottery, paintings, and photographs filled the venue of a bicentenary programme in Barbados on the theme of "Cultural Tribute to the Life of Bahá’u’lláh".

Iraq
Poem from Iraq

This poem, about the joyous celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, praises the teachings of the Bahá'í Faith and likens it to a beacon of light to the world.

Chile
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An exhibition in La Reina on the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh

In Santiago, Chile, the Bahá’í community of La Reina—a neighbourhood close to the House of Worship—prepared an exhibition in the Cultural Centre of La Reina to display photographs and information...

Turkey
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Painter draws inspiration from Hidden Words

Inspired by the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh in the Hidden Words, a painter from Antalya, Turkey, created a series of works in preparation for the bicentenary celebrations.

Thailand
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Thai Princess attends Bangkok bicentenary celebration

In Thailand, the Royal Family was represented by Princess Soamsawali at a bicentenary celebration held at the Bahá’í Centre in Bangkok. The evening’s programme featured music, prayers, and...

Canada
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Poetry inspired by the life of Bahá’u’lláh
USA
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Making of a painting “Bicentenary”

An excerpt from a film on the making of the encaustic painting “Bicentenary” by Carey Corea.

Laos
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“The Promised One”- Lao song

Youth from the capital of Laos, Vientiane, created the song about Bahá’u’lláh titled “The Promised One” to share with communities across the country.

France
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Community celebrations in Marseille

Celebrations in Marseille, France, featured a diverse array of artistic expressions, including musical performances and artwork specifically created for the event. Children from the community made...

USA
"Beloved" – A poem from the United States
Togo
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Celebrations in Lome

Celebrations in Lome, Togo.

The Netherlands
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Pottery on theme of “Unity in Diversity”

This set of ceramic works was created in The Hague inspired by the theme of unity in diversity, one of the central teachings of Bahá’u’lláh.

Kazakhstan
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Bicentenary celebration in Almaty
Indonesia
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Celebrations with exhibition

In Indonesia, members of the community prepared for an event in Jakarta with songs, dances and cultural performances for the bicentenary. The effort brought together people from all parts of...

Australia
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Paintings celebrating life of Bahá’u’lláh

A diverse selection of art pieces, some depicting quotations from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, others inspired by significant moments from His life, are being displayed as part of an exhibition...

Ireland
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Young and old members of Kilkenny community celebrate together

The celebration in Kilkenny, Ireland welcomed guests including four previous city mayors and the Community Radio of Kilkenny City. Guests enjoyed a viewing of the film about Bahá’u’lláh’s life and...

USA
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Choral and Orchestral Concert at Bahá’í House of Worship

The choir of the Bahá’í House of Worship joins with the local Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra for the Light of Unity concert in honour of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh.

Germany
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Celebration in Berlin

Communities in Berlin together held a celebration embracing the city's diversity. An array of artistic expressions at the gathering gave voice to the hope for a peaceful world.

New Zealand
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Festivities inspire carving of a traditional Māori post

A group of younger youth in the Somerfield neighborhood of Christchurch have collaborated with friends knowledgeable in Tikanga Māori to design a pou - a traditional Māori post.

The youth...

Kenya
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Bicentenary celebrations in Nairobi

The celebrations in Nairobi, Kenya attracted a large number of attendees, young and old alike, creating an atmosphere filled with joy and offering an opportunity for individuals to form new...

United Kingdom
Youth sings about Bahá’u’lláh’s sojourn in mountains of Kurdistan

A young person from Sheffield in the United Kingdom sings in Swahili about Bahá’u’lláh’s sojourn in the mountains of Kurdistan.

Indonesia
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New publication in Indonesia about Bahá’u’lláh and His teachings
India
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Vibrant neighbourhood celebrations

Vibrant neighbourhood celebrations across India included a musical drama on the life and vision of Bahá’u’lláh in a local language, prayers and devotional songs as well as dances and skits on...

Mozambique
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Mozambique celebrations

Around 120 people gathered for a bicentenary celebration in Maputo, Mozambique. Some of the youth presented a short play for those who had gathered.

The Netherlands
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Communities across the Netherlands celebrate
Colombia
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Los Castillos celebration

In Los Castillos, a small village made up of just 150 families, a community of Zenú indigenous people celebrated the bicentenary with a lively programme including a porro dance – a traditional...

Turkey
Traditional Turkish song

Created by a composer from Sivas, Turkey specifically for the bicentenary celebrations, this musical piece is arranged in the style of a traditional Turkish folksong, known as a türkü.

Italy
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Italy celebrates bicentenary

Catania, Milan, Rome, Portici, and Curtatone are among the communities that held commemorative events over the weekend. Throughout the country, hundreds gathered and enjoyed celebrations filled...

Cambodia
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Battambang celebrations unfold at local House of Worship

The bicentenary celebrations held at the recently inaugurated local Bahá'í House of Worship in Battambang, Cambodia, attracted more than 1,000 people. Prayer readings in the Temple were...

South Africa
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Johannesburg celebrates

Around 700 people gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, with a programme that included choir pieces and a South African gumboot dance....

Brazil
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Indigenous tribe honors Bahá’u’lláh with special ceremony

Members of the Kiriri tribe, an indigenous population in eastern Brazil, honoured the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh with a special Toré ceremony—a tradition in which the community gathers...

Moldova
Songs inspired by the Writings

A small group of friends from a neighbourhood in Moldova created songs on the themes of unity, service, and teaching.

Pakistan
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Celebrations in Rahim Yar Khan

In the city of Rahim Yar Khan in the Punjab province of Pakistan, the Bahá’í community gathered to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

Greece
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Neighborhood in Greece celebrates bicentenary

A community in Greece held an event called “Celebrating Unity in Diversity” for about 200 neighbors and friends.

Guyana
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Communities throughout Guyana participate in the celebrations

Friends and families in communities across Guyana gathered together for the weekend celebrations.

Malaysia
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Diverse celebrations in Sabah

Communities in Sabah celebrated the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh with music, exhibitions, visits to the homes of community members, and sports.

The Netherlands
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Celebration at art institute in The Hague, Netherlands

At the Pulchri Studio in The Hague, guests gathered in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The Pulchri Studio also hosted the first conference of the Anti-War Council, later...

Singapore
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Exhibition in Singapore for the bicentenary

A new exhibition at the Bahá’í centre in Singapore recreated the atmosphere of the Riḍván Garden.

New Zealand
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Neighbourhood in New Zealand celebrates
India
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Guests attend evening of performances at House of Worship in Delhi

A reception for the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh was held at the Bahá’í House of Worship in Delhi, India featuring various artistic performances.

Spain
Musical performance in the Canary Islands

In Gran Canaria, an island of the Canary Islands, a group of friends from the neighborhood of Jinamar offered a musical performance for the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

Italy
Lullaby from Italy

Grandparents composed a lullaby for their grandson for the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The words were inspired by a story about a dream that Bahá’u’lláh’s father had,...

Moldova
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Neighbourhood festivals through Chișinău celebrate bicentenary

Through the neighbourhoods of Belti, Botanica, Buiucani, Ciocoville, Dubossari, and Riscanovca in Chișinău, Bahá'í communities welcomed their neighbours and friends to outdoor celebrations,...

Ghana
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Arts and music feature at bicentenary celebration in Ghana

In Accra, Ghana, the Bahá'í community hosted a reception at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh with a programme of arts and...

PNG
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Celebrations at Temple Site in Papua New Guinea

Communities in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea gather at the site where the first national Bahá’í House of Worship is to be constructed.

Cambodia
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Commemorative stamps to be released in Cambodia in honor of the bicentenary

Cambodia’s postal ministry is marking the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh with commemorative stamps. The stamps are being designed in collaboration with the national Bahá’í community...

South Africa
Various communities in South Africa celebrating
Jordan
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Exploring the role of art in creating social harmony

A group of Jordanian youth arranged an art exhibition at the venue of their bicentenary celebrations on the theme of how art can contribute to religious and social harmony.

Canada
Painting entitled “Know Your Purpose”, representing the oneness of mankind
Turkmenistan
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Community gathers in Ashgabat

At a celebration held at the Bahá’í centre in Ashgabat, the community called to mind the lives and teachings of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.

Namibia
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Bicentenary celebrations in Windhoek, Namibia
Kazakhstan
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Bahá’u’lláh’s Writings inspire art exhibit

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Kazakh painter Lyazzat Serzhan showed a new set of paintings in a recent exhibition in Uralsk, Kazakhstan. 50 paintings were on...

Nepal
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Celebrations in the eastern region of Nepal

In localities throughout the eastern region of Nepal celebrations drew large numbers for uplifting gatherings. Some 1,500 people joined this gathering.

Croatia
Group gathers in Rijeka to celebrate bicentenary
Ukraine
Academic conference highlights Bahá’u’lláh’s influence on religion in Kiev

An academic conference organized by religious studies, philosophy, and cultural studies departments in several Ukrainian universities was held to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of...

Honduras
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Bahá’ís in Honduras participate in flower parade

The Bahá’í community of Siguatepeque participated in the Flower Festival parade in their community. Their colourful float was decorated with quotations from the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh,...

Rwanda
Traditional dance in Rwanda

In Rwanda, a bicentenary celebration programme included the traditional Intore dance.

Ethiopia
Song composed in Ethiopia for the bicentenary
Central African Republic
Traditional dance performed in Bangui, Central African Republic, for 2200
Azerbaijan
Germany
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Commemorations at Bahá’í House of Worship include choral music
Chile
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Exhibition at the House of Worship

An exhibition on the lives of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh welcomed visitors as they entered the Bahá’í House of Worship.

South Africa
Mafikeng celebrations

The Bahá’í community in Mafikeng celebrates with beautiful songs on the first day of the Twin Holy Days.

Colombia
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Bahá’í school bicentenary celebration

Children from a Bahá’í school in Norte del Cauca celebrate the bicentenary with presentations of art work, songs by a choir and traditional costumes and dances.

Canada
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Celebrations across Toronto, Canada

In the neighbourhoods of Toronto, bicentenary celebrations took place in homes, community centres, parks, and school auditoriums. Communities shared with each other prayers, writings, and accounts...

Australia
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Celebrations in Stonington

A community in Melbourne, Australia commemorates the bicentenary anniversary with a rich program of music, drama, and devotions.

Ukraine
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Joyful celebrations throughout Ukraine

In cities and neighbourhoods around the country, many gathered together to commemorate the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

Pakistan
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Culture and arts come together in Pakistan celebration

The Lok Virsa Museum of Cultural Heritage held a celebration infused with music and folk dance for the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh. Some 500 people from all over Islamabad...

Spain
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Celebrating Bahá’u’lláh in the neighbourhoods of Madrid

In the central square of a Madrid neighbourhood, the local community hosted a festival with six tents and an array of outdoor activities.

Russia
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Celebration showcases diverse arts

An array of rich artistic performances – a duet of classical and modern music, a ballroom dance demonstrating the principle of the equality of men and women, an oratorio entitled “O Bahá’u’lláh!,”...

Philippines
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Children's festival in Paranaque, Philippines

Families in Paranaque, Philippines, helped to organize a children’s festival in their hometown, which was attended by more than 100 children.

Haiti
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Bicentenary celebrations across Haiti
Argentina
City of Rosario honours bicentenary

The municipality of Rosario City, Argentina, sister city to Haifa, Israel, held a commemoration to honour the Twin Birthdays.

Bahá’í World Centre
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The birth of Bahá’u’lláh is commemorated in the precincts of His Holy Shrine
France
Albania
Olive tree planted in Albania

As part of celebrations for the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, a group of children and youth, along with their teachers, parents, and friends planted an olive tree near a neighborhood...

Russia
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Vladivostok Bahá’ís celebrate bicentenary with neighbours and friends
Uzbekistan
Artist in Uzbekistan composes song about Bahá’u’lláh to mark bicentenary
Bahá'í World Centre
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Tent of Bahá’u’lláh pitched in Bahjí

On the occasion of the bicentenary celebrations in the Holy Land, one of the tents used by Bahá’u’lláh was put on display on the grounds at Bahjí for pilgrims and visitors.

Following...

Slovakia
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Celebration in Bratislava, Slovakia

At the National Bahá’í Center in Bratislava, a celebration and reception was held to commemorate the bicentenary. Dignitaries, interfaith groups, and non-governmental organizations that work...

Tanzania
Youth choir performs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Kosovo
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Kosovo celebrates with music, theatre

A dignified, reverent program of music and theatre was held in the city of Pristina in Kosovo. A professional choir and a professional opera singer performed musical pieces for the event. Many of...

Gambia
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Bicentenary celebrations in Banjul, Gambia
The Netherlands
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Trees donated and planted in the Netherlands

In two cities in the Netherlands, the local Bahá’í community donated a lotus tree to the municipality for the occasion of the bicentenary. There were ceremonies for the planting of each tree. In...

El Salvador
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El Salvador celebrations embrace adults and children

The hall in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, was packed as the community gathered to watch the film Light to the World. Earlier that day, children from the Riḍván school had a dynamic celebration...

Japan
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Praying together in the community of Nakagawa, Japan
Turkey
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Music fills celebrations in Turkey

In homes and centres across Turkey, music and the reading and chanting of sacred writings have infused celebrations with a rarefied spirit. A traditional Turkish folk song, or “türkü”, has been...

United Kingdom
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Local artists in Hackney, London, create work inspired by teachings of Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’ís living in the Hackney borough in East London invited local artists to participate in the festivities surrounding the bicentenary by creating unique pieces of art inspired by themes from...

Antigua and Barbuda
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Puppet show in Antigua on stories from the history of the Bahá’í Faith
Kazakhstan
Musical pieces for a film about the Bahá’ís of Kazakhstan
Hong Kong
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A glimpse of bicentenary celebrations in Hong Kong
Azerbaijan
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Celebration of the bicentenary in Baku, Azerbaijan

Children and youth performed dynamic and spirited dances and songs inspired by local culture and the world-embracing vision of the Faith.

Bolivia
Music video from youth in Chuquisaca, Bolivia

Youth from a region in the Bolivian Andes formed a musical group called Lights of Guidance and produced a DVD with videos of six songs in honour of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. ...

Brazil
Brazilian city to honor Bahá’u’lláh with sculpture about oneness

The Brazilian city of Mogi Guaçu is marking the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh with a sculpture to be placed in a public square. Suggested by the city’s mayor and designed by a local...

Canada
Writings of Bahá’u’lláh put to music

Canadian musician Jason Bienia, accompanied by Shadi Toloui-Wallace, composed two songs inspired by the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh.

Germany
Broadcast of program from House of Worship in Germany commencing
Zimbabwe
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Evening of Storytelling about the life of Bahá’u’lláh
Myanmar
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A visit to a monastery orphanage

On the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, a group of friends visited an orphanage in South Okkalapa to sing songs and pray with the children.

Norway
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Children's art exhibition in Lørenskog

Children and junior youth from Lørenskog, Norway, share art created for a special bicentenary exhibition.

Italy
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Celebration in northern Italy

A community of fewer than twenty Bahá’ís in the city of Lecco organized a celebration that was attended by nearly 200 people.

Austria
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Celebrating in Vienna

A large reception was held at the National Bahá’í Centre on Friday evening with representatives of diverse religious communities to celebrate the birth of the Báb and mark the beginning of the...

Uganda
Broadcast of program from House of Worship in Uganda commencing
Turkmenistan
3/5
Celebrations in Asghabat

In the city where the first Bahá’í House of Worship was constructed, joyful celebrations were held in honour of the bicentenary.

Burkina Faso
3/3
200 gather to celebrate in Ouagadougou
South Africa
Stories of Bahá’u’lláh told in diverse languages

A group of friends from Tshwane, South Africa, created a series of videos for the bicentenary. The videos capture them telling stories, each a unique expression of love for Bahá'u'lláh, in...

USA
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Traditional hoop dancer in Illinois

A Native American Bahá’í performed traditional music and hoop dances at an event honouring the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh as well as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Armenia
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Reception in Yerevan reflects rich culture

In Yerevan, Armenia, 150 people attended a special reception to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The programme included a professional operatic rendition of a prayer and a...

Russia
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A sonnet completed for the bicentenary

Started 19 years ago, this poem about God's Revelation and the coming of Bahá’u’lláh was completed for the bicentenary.

Guinea-Bissau
Celebration in Gabu, Guinea-Bissau
Cameroon
Bicentenary celebration in Mbotoro, Cameroon

The Mbotoro community celebrates the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. Among those gathered was the Chief of the village.

Pakistan
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Spontaneous celebrations in the province of Sindh, Pakistan

A small caravan visited neighbouring communities scattered across the eastern part of Sindh, Pakistan, playing a theme song in the local language created especially for the bicentenary. The visits...

Canada
1/2
Paintings of Mount Carmel

Impressions of Mount Carmel, which Bahá’u’lláh visited during the years He lived in the Holy Land.

Malaysia
1/4
Asli village celebrates bicentenary

Indigenous people in the Asli community of Kampung Chang celebrate the bicentenary with cooperative activities.

Syria
Sri Lanka
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New booklets about Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’ís from Sri Lanka have created several booklets about Bahá’u’lláh in commemoration of the bicentenary.

Bahá’í World Centre
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Commemoration in Holy Land marks birth of the Báb
Egypt
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Children’s artwork from Egypt on principles of the Bahá’í Faith
India
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The communities of Kurseong and Udaipur celebrate the lives and teachings of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh
Germany
4/6
Stirring exhibition held in Frankfurt

Over the first week of October, a large hall in one of Frankfurt’s landmark buildings was host to an exhibition on the life of Bahá’u’lláh. The venue was offered to the Bahá’í community by the...

Dominica
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Community rallies around mural painted for bicentenary

On the Caribbean island of Dominica, Bahá’í youth in the capital city of Roseau painted a mural on the Bahá’í Centre as a gift for the bicentenary. The community rallied around the project, with...

Botswana
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Celebrations in Gaborone, Botswana
Uzbekistan
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180 guests join celebrations in Tashkent

The city of Tashkent—once an important centre for trade along the ancient silk road—is the capital of Uzbekistan. It is a city of mosques and churches, of beautiful broadways, inviting parks and...

Estonia
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Bicentenary celebrations in Tartu, Estonia

Celebrations in Tartu, Estonia, were enriched with musical performances, story-telling and viewing the film Light to the World.

Spain
Compilation of songs inspired by bicentenary

Inspired by concepts and passages from the Bahá’í Writings, as well as moving episodes from the history of the Faith, musicians from across Spain compiled an album of songs for the bicentenary. The...

DRC
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Thousands attend celebrations in Lubumbashi

Thousands attend a bicentenary celebration in Lubumbashi.

Kurdistan region of Iraq
Dance expresses teachings of Bahá’u’lláh

In Sulaymaniyah–a city visited by Bahá’u’lláh during His two year stay in Kurdistan–members of the community celebrated the bicentenary of His birth by performing a dance called “Manifestation,”...

Greenland
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Celebrations in Nuuk, Greenland
Bolivia
Youth in Cochabamba, Bolivia, perform a dance

On the first of the twin birthdays a group of young people perform a “Poverty Dance” about abolishing extremes of wealth and poverty.

Canada
Chile
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Peñalolén community celebrates bicentenary

For the bicentenary, members of the community of Peñalolén gathered at the House of Worship to share prayers, songs, and stories.

Kyrgyzstan
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Celebrations in Bishkek attract 300

Bishkek—the capital of Kyrgyzstan—is a city of wide, tree-lined avenues, surrounded by the beautiful, snowcapped Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountain range. For months, the Bahá’í community there has been...

Romania
Celebration in Romania brings together community

In Toplita, Romania, a neighbourhood celebration for the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh brought together some 130 diverse people for a joyous event, filled with music and dance. Three...

Bolivia
Songs from the quechua region of Chuquisaca

Songs in Quechua and Spanish composed for the bicentenary by young people after attending an arts and music workshop in July.

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India
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In India, bicentenary inspires acts of service and charity

Acts of service have been offered across India in honor of the bicentenary celebrations. In Sambalpur, a junior youth group organized sickle cell, blood group, and blood pressure checks for local...

Denmark
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Sharing 200 pieces of cake

The Bahá’í community of Aalborg, Denmark, distributed 200 pieces of cake in a public event honoring the bicentenary. The event also included a special banner with the well-known passage of...

United Kingdom
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A booklet for the 200th anniversary of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth

The Bahá’í community of the United Kingdom prepared a beautiful booklet to distribute to all those who wish to learn more about Bahá’u’lláh during the bicentenary.

Dominican Republic
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Youth in Dominican Republic write poems and songs about Bahá’u’lláh

In the city of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, a group of youth wrote poems and songs about Bahá’u’lláh in honour of the bicentenary of His birth.

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Uganda
Uganda choir chants in Kampala Temple

Lyrics:

Ee Mungu wangu! Ee Mungu wangu! Unganisha mioyo ya watumishi Wako, na uwafunulie kusudi Lako kuu. Waweze kufuata amri Zako na kudumu katika sheria Yako. Uwasaidie, Ee Mungu, katika...

Australia
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Exhibitions in cities throughout Queensland explore theme of ‘illumination’ through art

Artists from Queensland, Australia, have collaborated to put together an exhibition, titled “Illumine,” to honor the bicentenary. The exhibit and associated events include music, dance, poetry,...

East Timor
Nobel Peace Laureate joins Bahá’ís for bicentenary celebration in East Timor

Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from East Timor, gave a special address at a bicentenary celebration with the Bahá’ís of that country. Dr. Ramos-Horta talked about the importance of...

Brazil
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Children’s class and junior youth group in Kiriri, Brazil

In preparation for the bicentenary in the community of Kiriri in Banzae, Brazil, groups of youth and children have worked on art projects to share with the community at their bicentenary...

Sweden
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Bahá'í community hosts event at Swedish museum

At the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm on the evening of 18 October, members of the Bahá’í community talked about the history of the Bahá’í Faith in the country and offered a Bahá’í perspective...

DRC
Bicentenary march in Goma

Friends in Goma singing and dancing as they march from the regional center to the city center.

This marked the beginning of the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of...

Brazil
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Photography book to inspire connection with Bahá’í Holy Places in the Holy Land

A photography book, entitled “The Qiblih of a World Community”, has been published in Brazil in an effort to convey the beauty and grandeur of the Bahá’í Holy Places.

Switzerland
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Celebrations in Zug, Switzerland

In central Switzerland, the community of Zug organized a celebration to start the weekend festivities that included devotions and craft activities.

Trinidad and Tobago
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The President of Trinidad and Tobago presents a message for the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh

On 19 October Bahá’í representatives met with the President of Trinidad and Tobago, Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, who signed and presented a message to the Bahá'í community.

USA
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Dance celebration in the Bronx, New York City

The borough of the Bronx in New York City is home to vibrant neighbourhoods and to the hip hop movement which began there in the 1970s. Hip hop, a mix of rhythmic beats and rap lyrics, gave...

Bahrain
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Celebrating in Bahrain

Celeberations in various communities in Bahrain for the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

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Vanuatu
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National Film about the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh

The Bahá’ís of Vanuatu are preparing a film about the impact that the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh have had on their lives and communities to be broadcast on their national television network.

Australia
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Immersive theatre brings Bahá’í history to life

Last year, a group of 18 youth came together on a weekly basis for a few hours to start experimenting with an “immersive theatre” piece about the lives of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb. They would, for...

Australia
Hospital ward holds touching commemoration

In the Far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, a Bahá’í of advanced years was hospitalized weeks before she passed away.

With the approaching dates of the bicentenary, the patient and...

Bahrain
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Calligraphy from Bahrain

These four calligraphic oil paintings have been created for the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The first piece is an extract from one of His writings: “Consort with all...

Ireland
95 short films in 95 days

In Ireland, the Bahá’í community has created 95 short video clips, one a day, leading up to the bicentenary. The ones included here recount short episodes of the life of Bahá’u’lláh and present...

India
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Play depicts accounts from life of Bahá'u'lláh

Springing from a heartfelt desire to share with friends and family the message and life of Bahá'u'lláh, a group of young people from the city of Pune decided to create a play. Over a few...

Canada
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Traditional carving commissioned for bicentenary

The Bahá’ís of Duncan, a town in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, presented a specially-commissioned carved bench in a traditional Cowichan ceremony to the seniors’ home on the Cowichan...

Zambia
Joyous celebrations begin in Katuyola, Zambia

Members of the community of Katuyola, in Mwinilunga East, Zambia, begin to welcome their guests to the bicentenary celebrations, filling the air with songs, singing “Welcome our visitors! Welcome!...

Costa Rica
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Indigenous community in Costa Rica builds new structure for bicentenary celebrations

When the Baha’is in the indigenous community of Talamanca, Costa Rica, realized their local centre was too small to hold the 500 guests expected to attend bicentenary celebrations, they decided to...

France
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Children’s class prepares joyful musical performance for celebrations

Friends and neighbours from the Alfortville community, located close to the centre of Paris, gathered to celebrate the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The programme...

Colombia
School celebration in Norte del Cauca

Youth in El Chamizo, Colombia, were moved to organize a celebration for the bicentenary at their school. Sixty friends, including teachers, parents, and classmates, attended the celebration, which...

Malawi
Bambino school holds celebration for 1,000

A week of student presentations culminated at the week’s end in a school-wide celebration of Bahá’u’lláh’s bicentenary, held with parents and area tribal chiefs. More than 1,000 attended the...

Samoa
Broadcast of program from House of Worship in Samoa commencing
UAE
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Calligraphic art from United Arab Emirates

In the spirit of the bicentenary celebrations, a group of children in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, gathered to create this mixed media painting. An excerpt from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh...

New Zealand
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Murals in Avondale celebrate unity, family, and love

100 people collaborated with a local school to paint colorful murals celebrating diversity. These murals will be displayed during bicentenary celebrations in the community of Avondale, a suburb of...

Yemen
A poem from Yemen, composed in praise of Bahá’u’lláh
Philippines
Newly translated prayers for children

As an initiative of the community in Parañaque, Philippines, for the bicentenary, a selection of Bahá’í prayers for children were translated into Filipino and illustrated with paintings of the...

Malaysia
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Jenjarom Exhibition invites exploration of Bahá’u’lláh’s message

An exhibition titled “Building A Better Community” in Jenjarom village (outside of Kuala Lumpur ) has been set up by the Bahá’í community there as a part of its outreach during this bicentenary...

India
Live stream of program from House of Worship in India commencing

Since its opening in 1986, there have been an estimated 100 million visitors to the Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi, making it one of the most visited places in the world. An iconic building,...

Japan
Traditional Japanese dance

Yukiko is teaching her daughter Mayu a traditional Japanese dance in preparation for their bicentenary celebration.

Vanuatu
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Celebrations underway in Port Villa, Vanuatu

The island nation of Vanuatu has been a vibrant centre of activity during this bicentenary year. On the island of Efate, in the capital city of Port Villa, a four-hour bicentenary parade has just...

Singapore
New film in Singapore explores concepts of service and faith
PNG
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Samoa
Child observing celebrations at House of Worship in Samoa moments ago
Pacific Islands
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Pacific Islands celebrate bicentenary

The thousands of islands of Oceania scattered throughout the vast Pacific are entering the bicentenary period this evening, 20 October.

The islands here are home to a continental Bahá’í...

Kiribati
Sunset in Kiribati marks start of bicentenary

Sunset in Kiribati a short while ago.

With the setting of the sun over this island nation, the Festival of the Twin Birthdays of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh has now commenced.

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