By Azania Post Reporter
MORE than seven million Baha’is in over 200 countries including Tanzania will celebrate the start of the New Year called Naw-Ruz later this month.
Qudsiyeh Roy, a local member community in Dar es Salaam said the celebrations will be held on March 21, 2018.
She said the Bab (the Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i Faith) instituted a new datebook known as the Badi (‘wonderful’) Calendar.
The day was called the Day of God by the Bab, and was associated with “He whom God shall make manifest”.
Bahaullah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith was the one prophesied by the Bab as the Promised
In his calendar, she said the Bab established the Baha’i year with nineteen months of nineteen days each.
The last month of the year is the month of fasting, prayer and meditation, and striving to rectify one’s conduct, purify one’s heart and attain a higher level of detachment from the things of this world.
The Báb decreed that Naw-Rúz should serve as the end of the fast, and Bahaullah confirmed this by ordaining “Naw-Rúz as a festival unto those who have observed the Fast for love of [God] and abstained from all that is abhorrent unto [Him].”
Hence, Baha’is conclude their fast with a great celebration, anticipating acceptance of their obedience to God’s law, through His grace and bountiful favor.