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Holy Day commemorating the Birth of the Bab


The Shrine of the Bab, Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel. On October 20, Baha'is celebrate the Holy Day commemorating the Birth of the Bab, who was born in Shiraz, Persia.

The Bab (1819-1850) was the Martyr-Prophet of the Baha'i Faith. His mission was to proclaim the imminent arrival of "Him Whom God shall make manifest," namely Baha'u'llah (1817-1892), the Founder of the Baha'i Faith. Baha'is observe the Holy Day by abstaining from work and holding joyous meetings open to all.

There are no prescribed ceremonies but gatherings usually involve prayers, devotional readings, music, and fellowship.

©Copyright 2004, Baha'i World News Service

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