THE Baha’i community of Dar es Salaam is set to celebrate their New Year today. According to statement released by the community’s Publicity Officer, Ms Qudiyeh Roy, the celebrations are set to take place at the Baha’i Centre, situated on Mfaume Road, Upanga.
“Everyone is most welcome to come and join in the celebration on this joyous day.
The programme will comprise of a devotional gathering where Baha’i prayers will be read in different languages followed by socialising,” reads part of the statement. Naw-Ruz (New Year) in the Baha’i faith is one of nine holy days celebrated by Baha worldwide.
New Year symbolises the arrival of spring in the Northern hemisphere. Naw-Rúz is the first day of the Baha’i calendar, also known as the Badi (wonderful) calendar. On this day, Baha’is take a day off from work and school.
The Báb, Forerunner of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í faith, adopted the day as a holy day and associated it with the Most Great Name of God.
The Baha’i calendar has been confirmed by Baha’u’llah. The Baha’i calendar consists of 19 months of 19 days each (361 days).
Further, there is an addition of ‘Intercalary days’ (4 in an ordinary and 5 in a leap year) between the 18th and 19th months to adjust the calendar to the solar year.