Often considered the newest world religion, the Bahá'í Faith has its own calendar of 19 months consisting of 19 days each. The Bahá'í New Year is Naw-Rúz, coinciding with the ancient Iranian festival of Nowruz that celebrates the return of spring in the northern hemisphere. On Naw-Rúz, Bahá'ís celebrate not only the return of spring, but also the spiritual springtime ushered in by Bahá'u'lláh, whom they know as the long-promised Manifestation of God for this Day.

The is going all right so far. For those who didn't know, Baha'is between the ages of 15 and 70 refrain from eating and drinking from sunup to sundown. You're exempt if you're sick, travelling, pregnant, breastfeeding, or menstruating.

Of course, that's the *physical* side of the fast. The —and more important—side of it is detaching ourselves from our desires and abstaining from indulging them, focusing instead on prayer and becoming closer to God.

"What profit is there in agreeing that universal friendship is good, and talking of the solidarity of the human race as a grand ideal? Unless these thoughts are translated into the world of action, they are useless.

The wrong in the world continues to exist just because people talk only of their ideals, and do not strive to put them into practice. If actions took the place of words, the world's misery would very soon be changed into comfort."

-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “Paris Talks”, p.16

The story of the first girls' schools in , which began operating at the turn of the 20th century at the behest of spiritual leader 'Abdu'l-Baha.

"...the higher access for 's observed in today's Iran is the result of that effort made more than a century ago."

youtube.com/watch?v=Buow34lQiE

Happy Ayyám-i-Há to all who celebrate it, and happy fasting to those who do!

The website's meant to show off stuff that might be interesting for people who are learning about the Faith. For instance, the "Study Hall" section gathers up a bunch of reference sites and study resources. The "Feeds" section on the website is similar to the "News" and "Community" sections of BahaIQ, if you remember that website from back in the day. Ideally there'll be even more stuff like that in the future.

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One thing did land in my lap, though, and that's the website for .FYI, which I've been contributing to for the past little while. It's been slowly coming together around the cozy little community that's grown up around the Discord server.

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BTW, if y'all want to see something new and cool related to the Faith, take a few moments to check out this website. It's pretty legit. (Any suggestions on how to make it even better?)

bahai.fyi/

This story is pretty amazing, because it not only shows the willingness of Arab leaders to work together to promote sustainable development, but also their openness in inviting a Bahá'í organization to contribute. After all, being a Bahá'í is still punishable by death in some parts of the Arab world.

"BIC joins Arab leaders to advance sustainable development goals"

news.bahai.org/story/1299/


h/t @bahai@newsbots.eu

On being thankful: "Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity."

Autumn sunset at the Baha'i house of worship, Hofheim-Langenhain, Germany.

Credit: @yanyagunov on instagram (instagram.com/p/BqU6mN_B5jT/)

So I dunno what to post here, but for now, here's a really awesome pic (not mine) of a Baha'i house of worship in Cambodia.

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