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Baha’is Celebrate Ridvan Festival

Baha’is and their guests from the greater Hamilton area celebrated Ridvan, considered the “King of Festivals”, on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton.

MC Kim Ness introduced the keynote speaker, and Dundas resident,  Dr. Ninaz Shadman who - spoke to the 160 guests about the significance of this Holy Day. She said that on April 21, 1863, Baha’u’llah, the prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith, announced His Revelation in a garden called Ridvan (“paradise”) outside of Baghdad. He announced that “All the Prophets are the Temples of the cause of God, who have appeared clothed in diverse attire. If thou wilt observe with discriminating eyes, thou wilt behold Them all abiding in the same tabernacle, soaring in the same heaven, seated on the same throne, uttering the same speech, and proclaiming the same Faith”. Today is the springtime of a new era in humankind’s history when our unity will finally be realized.

The Voices of Unity Choir under the direction of Peggy Jarvis opened with “For the Beauty of the Earth” in recognition of Earth Day. Afterwards, light refreshments were served. 

The Ridvan Festival of 2012 holds special significance for members of the Baha’i Faith in Canada since it inaugurates the centenary celebration of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to Canada. ‘Abdu’l-Baha (1844-1921) was the son of Baha’u’llah. In September, a special public dramatic celebration will be held at Liuna Station to commemorate his presence in Hamilton on September 9, 1912.


Photo 1 Caption:  Dr. Ninaz Shadman speaking on the significance of Ridvan

Photo  2  Caption:  Voices of Unity Choir with Director Peggy Jarvis

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