Spring is time of spiritual renewal
One of the main themes associated with spring is that of rebirth and resurrection. Now the major world religions observe celebrations during the month of March. There are also national holidays in many countries, such as the spring Festival in China, the New Harvest and Life observance in Poland and the New Day (Now Ruz) in Islamic countries such as Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan.
Bahaism's new year starts March 21, after 19 days of fasting. It is our belief that all of humankind had a spiritual rebirth 150 years ago when the founder of the Bahai faith revealed his mission to the world.
The Bahais look at the New Year with an added dimension. Besides the newness in nature and the end of winter darkness, besides the cultural and religious symbolism, we believe that the spiritual springtime has started. Our thoughts and ideals are set in motion and blessed with new life.
"The birds are singing among the rose branches like the angels in the highest heavens, announcing the glad-tidings of the approach of that spiritual spring, and the sweet music of their voices is causing the real essence of all things to move and quiver." (Bahai writings)
Farkhonde A. Edwards
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