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Abstract:
Feasts, anniversaries, days of fasting, holy days, Nabil's narrative on the Badi' Calendar, and brief chronology of important dates in Baha'i history.
Notes:
See Baha'i World volume 18 table of contents. See many other resources, including an app and online converter, at badi-calendar.com.

Bahá'í Calendar, Festivals, and Dates of Historic Significance

published in Bahá'í World, Vol. 18 (1979-1983), pages 598-608
Haifa: Bahá’í World Centre, 1986
                                               CONTENTS
VIII. BAHA'I CALENDAR, FESTIVALS AND DATES OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE  
       0. Updated calendar, 2014
       1. Foreword.............................................................................. 598  
       2. Bahá'í Feasts, Anniversaries and Days of Fasting...................................... 598  
       3. Bahá'í Holy Days on which Work should be Suspended.................................... 599  
       4. Additional Material gleaned from Nabíl's Narrative regarding the Bahá'í Calendar...... 599  
       5. Historical Data gleaned from Nabíl's Narrative regarding Bahá'u'lláh.................. 602  
       6. Dates of Historical Significance in the Rise of the Bahá'í Faith...................... 606  

2014 Update

the following document was not in the 1986 Bahá'í World, but is included here for clarity;
see more at bahai-library.org/uhj_badi_calendar_2014

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VIII
BAHÁ'Í CALENDAR, FESTIVALS AND DATES OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

1. FOREWARD

Excerpt from Bahá`u'lláh and the New Era by Dr. J. E. Esslemont

AMONG different peoples and at different times many different methods have been adopted for the measurement of time and fixing of dates, and several different calendars are still in daily use, e.g., the Gregorian in Western Europe, the Julian in many countries of Eastern Europe, the Hebrew among the Jews and the Muhammadan in Muslim countries.

The Báb signalized the importance of the dispensation He came to herald by inaugurating a new calendar.In this, as in the Gregorian Calendar, the lunar month is abandoned and the solar year is adopted.

The Bahá'í year consists of 19 months of 19 days each (i.e., 361 days), with the addition of certain `intercalary days' (four in ordinary and five in leap years) between the eighteenth and nineteenth months in order to adjust the calendar to the solar year. The Báb named the months after the attributes of God. The Bahá'í New Year, like the ancient Persian New Year, is astronomically fixed, commencing at the March equinox (21 March), and the Bahá'í era commences with the year of the Báb's declaration (i.e., 1844 A.D., 1260 A.H.).

In the not far distant future it will be necessary that all peoples in the world agree on a common calendar.

It seems, therefore, fitting that the new age of unity should have a new calendar free the the objections and associations which make each of the older calendars unacceptable to large sections of the world's population, and it is difficult to see how any other arrangement could exceed in simplicity and convenience that proposed by the Báb.

2. BAHÁ'Í FEASTS, ANNIVERSARIES AND DAYS OF FASTING

Feast of Ridván (Declaration of Bahá`u'lláh), 21 April-1 May 1863.

Feast of Náw-Rúz (New Year), 21 March.

Declaration of the Báb, 23 May 1844.

The Day of the Covenant, 26 November.

Birth of Bahá`u'lláh, 12 November 1817.

Birth of the Báb,20 October 1819.

Birth of `Abdu'l-Bahá, 23 May 1844.

Ascension of Bahá`u'lláh, 29 May 1892.

Martyrdom of the Báb, 9 July 1850.

Ascension of `Abdu'l-Bahá, 28 November 1921.

Fasting season lasts 19 days beginning with the first day of the month of `Alá', 2 March --the Feast of Náw-Rúz follows immediately after.


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3. BAHÁ'Í HOLY DAYS ON WHICH WORK SHOULD BE SUSPENDED

The first day of Ridván,
The ninth day of Ridván,
The twelfth day of Ridván,
The anniversary of the declaration of the Báb,
The anniversary of the birth of Bahá`u'lláh,
The anniversary of the birth of of the Báb,
The anniversary of the ascension of Bahá`u'lláh,
The anniversary of the martyrdom of of the Báb,
The feast of Náw-Rúz.

NOTE: `Abdu'l-Bahá, in one of His Tablets addressed to a believer of Nayríz, Persia, has written the following: Nine days in the year have been appointed on which work is forbidden. Some of these days have been specifically mentioned in the Book. The rest follow as collaries to the text. Work on the Day of the Covenant (Fête Day of `Abdu'l-Bahá), however, is not prohibited. Celebration of that day is left to the discretion of the friends. Its observance is not obligatory. The days pertaining to the Abhá Beauty (Bahá`u'lláh) and the Primal Point (the Báb), that is to say these nine days, are the only ones on which work connected with trade, commerce, industry and agriculture is not allowed. In like manner, work connected with any form of employment, whether governmental or otherwise, should be suspended.
As a corollary of this Tablet it follows that the anniversaries of the birth and ascension of `Abdu'l-Bahá are not to be regarded as days on which work is prohibited. The celebration of these two days, however, is obligatory.
Bahá'ís in East and West, holding administrative positions, whether public or private, should exert the utmost effort to obtain a special leave from their superiors to enable them to observe these nine holy days.

4. ADDITIONAL MATERIAL GLEANED FROM NABÍL'S NARRATIVE REGARDING THE BAHÁ'Í CALENDAR

THE Badí` Calendar (Bahá'í Calendar) has been taken from the Kitáb-i-Asmá', one of the works written by the Báb. As I have observed in these days that certain believers are inclined to regard the year in which Bahá`u'lláh departed from Baghdád to Constantinople as marking the beginning of the Badí` Calendar, I have requested Mírzá Áqá Ján, the amanuensis of Bahá`u'lláh, to ascertain His will and desire concerning this matter. Bahá`u'lláh answered and said: `The year sixty A.H.1 (1844 A.D.), the year of the Declaration of the Báb, must be regarded as the beginning of the Badí` Calendar.' The Declaration of the Báb took place on the evening preceding the fifth day of Jamádíyu'l-Avval, of the year 1260 A.H. It has been ordained that the solar calendar be followed and that the vernal Equinox, the day of Náw-Rúz, be regarded as the New Year's Day of the Badí` Calendar. The year sixty, in which the fifth day of Jamádíyu'l-Avval coincided with the sixty-fifth day after Náw-Rúz, has accordingly been regarded as the first year

1 (i.e., 1260 A.H.)


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of the Badí` Calendar. As in that year, the day of Náw-Rúz, the vernal Equinox, preceded by sixty-six days the date of the Declaration of the Báb, I have therefore, throughout my history, regarded the Náw-Rúz of the year sixty-one A.H. (the Náw-Rúz immediately following the Declaration of the Báb) as the first Náw-Rúz of the Badí` Calendar. I have accordingly considered the Náw-Rúz of this present year, the year 1306 A.H., which is the 47th solar year after the Declaration of the Báb, as the 46th Náw-Rúz of the Badí` Calendar.

Soon after Bahá`u'lláh had left the fortress of `Akká and was dwelling in the house of Malik, in that city, He commanded me to transcribe the text of the Badí` Calendar and to instruct the believers in its details. On the very day in which I received His command, I composed, in verse and prose, an exposition of the main features of that Calendar and presented it to him.The versified copy, being now unavailable, I am herein transcribing the version in prose. The days of the week are named as follows:

Days Arabic Name English Name Translation
1st Jalál Saturday Glory
2nd Jamál Sunday Beauty
3rd Kamál Monday
perfection
4th Fidál Tuesday Grace
5th `Idál Wednesday Justice
6th Istijlál Thursday Majesty
7th Istiqlál Friday Independence

The names of the months, which are the same as the days of each month, are as follows:

Month Arabic Name Translation First Days
1st Bahá Slendour March 21
2nd Jalál Glory April 9
3rd Jamál Beauty April 28
4th Azamat Grandeur May 17
5th Núr Light June 5
6th Rahmat Mercy June 24
7th Kalimát Words July 13
8th Kamál perfection August 1
9th Asmá' Names August 20
10th `Izzat Might September 8
11th Mashíyyat Will September 27
12th `Ilm Knowledge October 16
13th Qudrat power November 4
14th Qawl Speech November 23
15th Masá'il Questions December 12
16th Sharaf Honour December 31
17th Sultán Sovereignty January 19
18th Mulk Dominion February 7
19th `Alá' Loftiness March 2

Ayyám-i-Há (Intercalary Days) 26 February to 1 March inclusive--

four in ordinary and five in leap years.

The first day of each month is thus the day of Bahá, and the last day of each month the day of `Alá'.

The Báb has regarded the solar year, of 365 days, 5 hours, and fifty odd minutes, as consisting of 19 months of 19 days each, with the addition of certain intercalary days. He has named the New Year's Day, which is the day of Náw-Rúz, the day of Bahá, of the month of Bahá. He has ordained the month of `Alá' to be


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the month of fasting, and has decreed that the day of Náw-Rúz should mark the termination of that period. As the Báb did not specifically define the place for the four days and the fraction of a day in the Badí` Calendar, the people of the Bayán were at a loss as to how they should regard them.The revelation of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas in the city of `Akká resolved this problem and settled the issue. Bahá`u'lláh designated those days as the Ayyám-i-Há 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. I have heard it stated that some of the people of the Bayán, the followers of Mírzá Yahyá, have regarded these intercalary days as coming immediately after the month of `Alá', thus terminating their fast five days before the day of Náw-Rúz.This, notwithstanding the explicit text of the Bayán which states that the day of Náw-Rúz must needs be the first day of the month of Bahá, and must follow immediately after the last day of the month of `Alá'. Others, aware of this contradiction, have started their fasting on the fifth day of the month of `Alá', and included the intercalary days within the period of fasting.

Every fourth year the number of the intercalary days is raised from four to five. The day of Náw-Rúz falls on the 21st of March only if the vernal Equinox precedes the setting of the sun on that day. Should the vernal Equinox take place after sunset, Náw-Rúz will have to be celebrated on the following day.

The Báb has, moreover, in His Writings revealed in the Arabic tongue, divided the years following the date of His Revelation into cycles of nineteen years each. The names of the years in each cycle are as follows:

1. Alif A.
2. Bá' B.
3. Ab Father.
4. Dál D.
5. Báb Gate.
6. Váv V.
7. Abad Eternity.
8. Jád Generosity.
9. Bahá Splendour.
10. Hubb Love.
11. Baháj Delightful.
12. Javáb Answer.
13. Ahad Single.
14. Vahháb Bountiful.
15. Vidád Affection.
16. Badí' Beginning.
17. Bahí Luminous.
18. Abhá Most Luminous.
19. Váhid Unity.

Each cycle of nineteen years is called a Váhid. Nineteen cycles constitute a period called Kull-i-Shay'. The numerical value of the word Váhid is nineteen, that of Kull-i-Shay' is 361. Váhid signifies unity, and is symbolic of the unity of God.

The Báb has, moreover, stated that this system of His is dependent upon the acceptance and good-pleasure of `Him Whom God shall make manifest'. One word from Him would suffice either to establish it for all time, or to annul it forever.

For instance, the date of the 21st of April, 1930, which is the first day of Ridván, and which according to the Kitáb-i-Aqdas must coincide with the `thirteenth day of the second Bahá'í month,' and which fell this year (1930) on Monday, would, according to the system of the Badí` Calendar, be described as follows: `The day of Kamál, the day of Qudrat, of the month of Jalál, of the year Baháj, of the fifth Váhid, of the first Kull-i-Shay'.'


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5. HISTORICAL DATA GLEANED FROM NABÍL'S NARRATIVE REGARDING BAHÁ'U'LLÁH

A. BAGHDÁD

Arrival latter part Jamádiyu'th-Thání,

1269 A.H.

12 March-10 April 1853 A.D.

Departure for Sulaymáníyyih on Wed-

nesday, 10 April 1854 A.D.--Rajab

12, 1270 A.H.

B. SULAYMÁNÍYYIH

Before reaching Sulaymáníyyih, He

lived for a time on the Sar-Galú

mountain.

During His absence from Baghdád

His family transferred their residence

from House of Hájí `Alí Madad to

that of Sulaymán-i-Ghannám.

Nabíl arrived at Baghdád 6 months

after Bahá`u'lláh's departure for

Sulaymáníyyih.

C.BAGHDÁD

Arrived from Sulaymáníyyih on Wed-

nesday, 19 March 1856 A.D.--

Rajab 12, 1272 A.H.

Departure from Baghdád for Constan-

tinople, Wednesday afternoon (first

day of Ridván), 22 April 1863 A.D.

--Dhi'l-Qa`dih 3,1279 A.H.

Short stay in Mazra'iy-i-Vashshásh

during above period to celebrate

Náw-Rúz ended with departure on

Thursday, 26 March 1863 A.D.-

Shavvál 5, 1279 A.H.

Works Revealed

During This Period

Houses Occupied

During This Period

Kullu't-Ta`ám

House of Hájí `Alí-

Madad

(in old Baghdád)

House of Sulaymán

-i-Ghannám

Prayers

Qasídiy-i-Varqá'íyyih

Sáqí-Az-Ghayb-i-

Baqá

Tafsír-i-Hurúfát-i-

Muqatta`ih

Sahífiy-i-Shattíyyih

Haft-Vádí

(Seven Valleys)

Tafsír-i-Hú

Lawh-i-Húríyyih

Kitáb-i-Íqán

Kalimát-i-Maknúnih

(Hidden Words)

Subhána-Rabbíya'l-

A`lá

Shikkar-Shikan-

Shavand

Halih-Halih-Yá

Bishárat

Ghulámu'l-Khuld

Az-Bágh-i-Iláhí

Báz-Áv-u-Bidih-Jámí

Malláhu'l-Quds

(Holy Mariner)

P603

C .BAGHDÁD--continued Works Revealed

During This Period

Houses Occupied

During This Period

Arrival at Garden of Najibíyyih

(Garden of Ridván), 22 April 1863

A.D.--Dhi'l-Qa'dih 3, 1279 A.H.

Arrival of Bahá`u'lláh's Family at

Garden of Ridván on eighth day

after first of Ridván.

Departure from Garden of Ridván for

Constantinople last day of Ridván

at noon on Sunday, 3 May 1863

A.D.--Dhi'l-Qa'dih 14, 1279 A.H.

Súriy-i-Sabr revealed

on first day of

Ridván

Firayját (arrived early afternoon-- Hasan-Áqá,
stayed seven days) arrived on Sun- Márdin,
day, 3 May 1863 A.D.--Dhi'l- Díyár-Bakr,
Qa'dih 14, 1279 A.H. (Firayját is Ma'dan-Mis,
about 3 miles distant from Baghdád) Khárpút (stayed 2 or 3 days),
Judaydih, Ma'dan-Nuqrih,
Dilí-`Abbás, Dilík-Tásh,
Qarih-Tapih, Sívas,
Saláhíyyih (stayed 2 nights), Túqát,
Dúst-Khurmátú, Amasia (stayed 2 days),
Táwuq, Háhíyyih (while approaching Sámsún,
Karkúk (stayed 2 days), `Lawh-i-Hawdaj' was revealed), (last
Irbíl, day of overland journey),
Záb River, Sámsún (stayed 7 days), Black Sea port;
Bartalih, sailed in a Turkish steamer about
Mosul (stayed 3 days), sunset for Constantinople,
khú, Sinope (arrived next day about noon),
Lazírih, Black Sea port: stayed few hours,
Nusaybín Anyábulí (arrived next day).

D. CONSTANTINOPLE Works Revealed

During This Period

Houses Occupied

During This Period

Duration
Arrival at noon on

Sunday, 16 August

1863 A.D.--

Rabi'u'l-Avval 1,

1280 A.H.

Subhánáka-Yá-Hú

Lawh-i-`Abdu'l-`Azíz

Va-Vukalá

House of Shamsí Big

(near the mosque of

Khirqiy-i-Sharíf

1 month


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D. CONSTANTINOPLE--

continued

Works Revealed

During This Period

Houses Occupied

During This Period

Duration
Length of sea voyage

from Sámsún to

Constantinople: 3

days

Length of journey

from Constan-

tinople to Adri-

anople: 12 days.

House of Vísí Páshá

(3-storey, near Sultán

Muhammad

Mosque)

3 months

1. Kúchik-Chakmachih (3 hours from Constantinople--spent one night)

2. Búyúk-Chakmachih (arrived about noon)

3. Salvarí 4. Birkás 5. Bábá-Iskí

E. ADRIANOPLE Works Revealed

During This Period

Houses Occupied

During This Period

Duration
Arrival on Saturday,

12 December 1863

A.D.--Rajab 1,

1280 A.H.

Length of stay: 4

years, 8 months,

22 days.

Length of overland

journey from Con-

stantinople to Ad-

rianople: 12 days.

Departure from Adri-

anople on Wednes-

day, 12 August

1868 A.D.--Rabí-

'u'th-Thání 22,

1285 A.H.

Súriy-i-Asháb

Lawh-i-Hajj I

Lawh-i-Hajj II

Kitáb-i-Badí`

Súriy-i-Mulúk

(Tablet of the

Kings)

Súriy-i-Amr

Súriy-i-Damm

Alváh-i-Laylatu'l-

Quds

Munájátháy-i-Siyám

(Prayers for Fasting)

Lawh-i-Sayyáh

Lawh-i-Nápulyún I

(First Tablet to

Napoleon III)

Lawh-i-Sultán

(Tablet to the Sháh

of Persia)

Lawh-i-Nuqtih

1. Khán-i-`Aráb

(caravanserai,

two-storey, near

house of `Izzat-

Áqá)

2. House in Murádíy-

yih quarter, near

Takyiy-i-Mawlaví

3. House in Murádíy-

yih quarter, near

house 2

4. Khániy-i-Amru'lláh

(several storeys,

near Sultán-Salím

Mosque)

5. House of Ridá Big

6. House of Amru'lláh

(3-storey, north

of Sultán-Salím

Mosque)

7. House of `Izzat-Áqá

3 nights

1 week

6 months

1 year

3 months?

11 months


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1. Uzún-Kuprí

2. Káshánih (Arrived about noon. Lawh-i-Ra'ís [Tablet of Ra'ís] was reveaed in this place)

3. Gallipoli (length of journey from Adrianople to Gallipoli about 4 days)

(after a few days' stay sailed before noon in Austrian steamer for Alexandria, Egypt)

4. Madellí (arrived about sunset--left at night)

5. Smyrna (stayed 2 days, left at night)

6. Alexandria (arrived in the morning, trans-shipped and left at night for Haifa)

7. Port Said (arrived morning, left same day at night)

8. Jaffa (left at midnight)

9. Haifa (arrived in the morning, landed and after a few hours left on a sailing vessel for `Akká)

F. `AKKÁ--

continued

Works Revealed

During This Period

Houses Occupied

During This Period

Duration
Arrival on Monday,

31 August 1868

A.D.--Jamádíyu'l-

Avval 12, 1285 A.H.

Purest Branch died on

Thursday, 23 June

1870 A.D.--Rabí-

`u'l-Avval 23, 1287

A.H.

passed away 29 May

1892 A.D.

Kitáb-i-Aqdas

Lawh-i-Nápulyún II

(Second Tablet to

Napoleon III)

Lawh-i-Malikih

(Tablet to Queen

Victoria)

Lawh-i-Malik-Rús

(Tablet to the

Czar)

Súriy-i-Haykal

Lawh-i-Burhán

Lawh-i-Ru'yá

Lawh-i-Ibn-i-Dhi'b

(Epistle to Son of

the Wolf)

Lawh-i-Páp

(Tablet to the

Pope)

1. Barracks

2. House of Malik

3. House of Rábi'ih

4. House of Mansúr

5. House of Abbúd

(where Kitáb-i-

Aqdas was re-

vealed)

6. Mazra'ih

7. Qasr

(Mansion, where

He passed away)

2 years, 2

months

5 days

3 months

2 or 3

months


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6. DATES OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE IN THE RISE OF THE BÁHÁ'Í FAITH

Birth of Bahá`u'lláh . . . . 12 November 1817 Release of `Abdul-Bahá from His incarcera-
Birth of the Báb . . . . . . . . .20 October 1819 tion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 1908
Declaration of the Mission of the Báb in Internment of the Báb's remains on Mt. Carmel
Shíráz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 May 1844 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 March 1909
Birth of `Abdu'l-Bahá . . . . . 23 May 1844 Opening of the first American Bahá'í Conven-
Departure of the Báb on His pilgrimage to tion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 March 1909
Mecca. . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 1844 `Abdu'l-Bahá's departure from Egypt . . . . .
Arrival of the Báb in Máh-Kú, Adhirbáyján . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 1910
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer 1847 `Abdu'l-Bahá's arrival in London . . . . . . . .
Incarceration of the Báb in Chihríq, Adhir- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 September 1911
báyján . . . . . . . . . . . . April l848 `Abdu'l-Bahá's arrival in America . . . . . . . .
Conference of Badasht . . . . . . . June 1848 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 April 1912
Interrogation of the Báb in Tabríz, Adhir- Laying of the corner-stone of the Mashriqu'l-
báyján . . . . . . . . . . . . July l848 Adhkár in Wilmette, Ill. by `Abdu'l-Bahá
Martyrdom of the Báb in Tabríz, Adhirbáyján . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 May 1912
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 July 1850 Second visit of `Abdu'l-Bahá to Europe and
Attempt on the life of Násiri'd-Dín Sháh . . . . . tour through the United Kingdom, France,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 August 1852 Germany, Hungary and Austria . . . . . . . . . . . .
Imprisonment of Bahá`u'lláh in the Síyáh-Chál . . . . . . . . . . . . December 1912 to June 1913
of Tihrán . . . . . . . . . . . . August 1852 `Abdu'l-Bahá's return to the Holy Land . . . . . . . . . .
Banishment of Bahá`u'lláh to Baghdád . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 December 1913
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 January 1853 Unveiling of the Tablets of the Divine Plan
Withdrawal of Bahá`u'lláh to Kurdistán . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 1919
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 April 1854 passing of `Abdu'l-Bahá 28 November 1921
Return of Bahá`u'lláh from Kurdistán . . . . . Verdict of the Islamic Court in Egypt pro-
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 March 1856 nouncing the Faith to be an independent
Declaration of the Mission of Bahá`u'lláh . . . religion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 May 1925
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 April 1863 Martha Root's first interview with Queen
Arrival of Bahá`u'lláh in Constantinople . . . . Marie of Romania . . . . . . 30 January 1926
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 August 1863 Resolution of the Council of the League of
Arrival of Bahá`u'lláh in Adrianople . . . . . . Nations upholding the claim of the Bahá'í
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 December 1863 community to the House of Bahá`u'lláh in
Departure of Bahá`u'lláh from Adrianople . . Baghdád . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 March 1929
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 August 1868 passing of the Greatest Holy Leaf July 1932
Arrival of Bahá`u'lláh in `Akká . . . . . . . . Inception of the First American Seven Year
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 August 1868 plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 1937
Death of the Purest Branch . . .23 June 1870 Celebration of the Centenary of the Declaration
Ascension of Bahá`u'lláh . . . .29 May 1892 of the Báb . . . . . . . . . . 23 May 1944
First public reference to the Faith in America Inception of the Second American Seven Year
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 September 1893 plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 1946
Establishment of the first Bahá'í centre in the Centenary of the Martyrdom of the Báb
West . . . . . . . . . . . . February 1894 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 July 1950
Arrival of the first group of Western pilgrims in Completion of the Arcade and Parapet of the
`Akká. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 December 1898 Shrine of the Báb on Mt. Carmel . . . . . .
Arrival of the Báb's remains in the Holy Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 July 1950
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 January 1899 Inauguration of the Centenary Celebrations of
Reincarceration of `Abdu'l-Bahá in `Akká the birth of Bahá`u'lláh's Prophetic Mission
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 August 1901 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 1952
Commencement of the construction of the First Bahá'í Intercontinental Teaching Confer-
Mashriqu'l-Adhkár of `Ishqábád . . . . . . . . . ence, Kampala, Uganda, Africa . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 November 1902 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-18 February 1953


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Inauguration of the Ten-Year International His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II of Western
Bahá'í Teaching and Consolidation Plan . . Samoa, embraced the Faith . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ridván 1953 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 February 1968
Bahá'í dedication of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár in Establishment by the Universal House of Jus-
Wilmette, Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 May 1953 tice of the Continental Boards of Counsellors
7nbsp; Public dedication . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 May 1953 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 June 1968
All-American Bahá'í Intercontinental Teach- First Oceanic Conference, Palermo, Sicily
ing Conference, Chicago . . . 3-6 May 1953 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-15 August 1968
Third Bahá'í Intercontinental teaching Con- Commemoration of 100th anniversary of
ference, Stockholm, Sweden . . . . . . . . . . arrival of Bahá`u'lláh in the Holy Land . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-16 July 1953 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 August 1968
Fourth Bahá'í Intercontinental Teaching Con- The Bahá'í International Community accred-
ference, New Delhi, India . . . . . . . . . . ited with consultative status to the United
Completion of the construction of the Shrine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 May 1970
of the Báb . . . . . . . . . . October 1953 Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the
Expansion of the Faith to 100 additional death of Mírzá Mihdí, `The Purest Branch'
countries and islands by settlement of the . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 June 1970
Knights of Bahá`u'lláh . . . . . . . . . . . . 1953-1954 The holding of eight Oceanic and Continental
Completion of exterior of International Conferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Archives Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1957 . . . . . . 14 August 1970-5 September 1971
passing of Shoghi Effendi 4 November 1957 Commemoration of 50th anniversary of the
The holding of five Intercontinental Teaching passing of `Abdu'l-Bahá . . . . . . . . . .
Conferences successively in Kampala, Syd- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-18 November 1971
ney, Wilmette, Frankfurt, Djakarta/Singa- Completion of erection of Obelisk, Mt. Carmel
pore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1958 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 December 1971
First dependency of a Mashriqu'l-Adhkár, Dedication of the Mother Temple of Latin
the Bahá'í Home for the Aged, opened in America, Panama . . . . . . . . . . 29 April 1972
Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adoption by the Universal House of Justice of
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 1959 its Constitution . . . . . . 26 November 1972
Dedication of the Mother Temple of Africa, publication by the Universal House of Justice
Kampala, Uganda . . . . . . . . . . 14 January 1961 of A Synopsis and Codification of the Laws
Dedication of the Mother Temple of the and Ordinances of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas . . . . .
Antipodes, Sydney, Australia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ridván 1973
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 September 1961 Establishment by the Universal House of Jus-
Completion of the Ten Year Crusade . . . . . . tice of the International Teaching Centre .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ridván 1963 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 June 1973
Election of the Universal House of Justice . . Launching of the Five Year International
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 April 1963 Teaching Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 1974
Celebration of the Most Great Jubilee, in His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II of
London . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 1963 Western Samoa, visits the resting place of
Launching of the Nine Year Plan . . . . . . . Shoghi Effendi . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 September 1976
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 1964 The holding of eight Intercontinental Con-
Dedication of the Mother Temple of Europe, ferences between July 1976 and January 1977
near Frankfurt, Germany, . . . . . . . . . 4 July 1964 Commemoration of the Centenary of the
celebration of the Centenary of the Revelation termination of Bahá`u'lláh's Confinement
of the Súriy-i-Mulúk . . . . . . . . . . in the prison-city of `Akká . . . . June 1977
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September/October 1967 Laying of the foundation stone of the Mother
Opening of period of proclamation of the Temple of the Indian sub-continent . . . . . . .
Cause, inaugurated by the presentation by . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 October 1977
the Universal House of Justice to 140 Heads Laying of the foundation stone of the first
of State of a special edition of The Proclama- Mashriqu'l-Adhkár of the Pacific Islands .
tion of Bahá`u'lláh . . . . . . . . October 1967 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 January 1979
The holding of six Intercontinental Conferences Launching of the Seven Year International
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 1967 Teaching Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . April 1979


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Commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary
of the passing of Bahíyyih Khánum, the Occupation by the Universal House of Justice
Greatest Holy Leaf . . . . . . . . . . July 1982 of its Permanent Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . January 1983
The holding of five International Teaching Opening of the House of `Abdu'lláh Páshá to
Conferences between June and September pilgrims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 1983

picture at Bottom of the Page with the Caption: Stairs leading to the main rooms of the House of `Abdu'lláh Páshá; 1983.

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