BRATTLEBORO -- Baha’is around the world will be ending their 19-Day Fast on Wednesday, March 20. During the fast, which runs from March 2 to 20, Baha’is between the ages of 15 and 70 abstain from food and drink from sunup to sundown. Travelers, nursing mothers, laborers, pregnant women and the sick are exempt from fasting.
The Baha’i New Year, or Festival of Naw Ruz, follows the ending of the fast. Naw Ruz is one of nine Holy Days in the Baha’i calendar which was instituted by the forerunner of the Baha’i Faith known as The Bab. The calendar consists of 19 months of 19 days with 4 to 5 days between the last two months of the calendar set aside for special acts of charity, gift-giving and hospitality.
March 21 will mark the ending of the 169th year of the Baha’i dispensation which dates from May 23, 1844, when the Bab declared His Mission as the pivotal point or "gate" between the Dispensation of Muhammed and the coming of Baha’u’llah, Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith.
Locally, Baha’is and their guests will meet at an area restaurant on Thursday, March 21, for lunch to celebrate Naw Ruz and the beginning of the 170th year of the founding of their Faith. For more information about the Baha’i Faith and to attend the Naw Ruz celebration, call 802-254-2115 or go on line at www.usbnc.org.