BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro area Baha’is will gather on Monday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. at the Baha’i Center, 148 Elliot St. to celebrate the First Day of Ridvan. They will also elect the members of the Spiritual Assembly, the local governing body of the Brattleboro Baha’i Community.

Ridvan (pronounced Rizwan) marks the time when Baha’u’llah, Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, made known His Station and Mission. He had been banished with his family to the city of Baghdad from his native home in Teheran, Persia (Iran). A small band of followers of The Bab, Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i Faith accompanied Him in exile.

On the eve of a further exile ordered by the Persian government, Baha’u’llah, was allowed a brief sojourn to an island garden known as the Garden of Ridvan. Here, surrounded by His family and fellow Babis, He made known His Station as the Promised One and Mission to fulfill the prophecies of old.

Baha’is celebrate the first, ninth and 12th days of this time in 1863 when the Baha’i Faith was born. For more information about the Baha’i Faith, visit the national website www.bahai.us or call 802-254-2115.


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