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Harmonious Holy Days: The Births of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh

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“The friends should regard the Twin Festivals as a sacred moment to gather and strengthen the devotional and social life of the community . . .”
—The Universal House of Justice


The Bahá’í Faith has the unique honor of being founded by two Messengers of God. The Báb, whose name means “the Gate” in Arabic, was born in Shíráz, Iran, in 1819. Bahá’u’lláh’s birth took place in Tihrán in 1817. Their families were Muslim, and Their birthdates occur on consecutive dates in the Islamic lunar calendar. The global Bahá’í community will honor these two joyous holy days on November 9 and 10 in 2018. The events are often referred to as the Twin Holy Birthdays. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to friends and neighbors in fellowship as we celebrate the Bahá’í Faith’s Founders with prayers and praise. Here are some ideas to add joy to your holy day celebration.


Gate Craft

This decoration reflects the station of the Báb, who led people to Bahá’u’lláh. Lay eight wide craft sticks side by side, and secure them with tape. Flip them over, then glue two craft sticks across horizontally to create crossbars. Use markers to write “The Báb” on one bar and “The Gate” on the other. Decorate with flowers or designs.


Group Guessing Game

Make a list of questions that can only be answered with “the Báb” or “Bahá’u’lláh.” (For example, Who was born in 1817? Who lived in Tihrán?) Split into two teams. Give each team two paddles made of craft sticks and colored paper—one green (since the Báb wore a green turban) and one red (since Bahá’u’lláh calls His followers “companions of the Crimson Ark”).
     When the leader asks a question, each team quietly consults, then holds up the correct paddle (without showing the other team). The first team to get 19 correct answers wins.


Hanging Stars

The five-pointed star is a symbol of the Bahá’í Faith. Both the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh wrote Tablets in this shape. Cut out five stars in the same size from colored paper. Fold each in half, then glue edges together to make a 3D star. String a thread loop through the center for hanging, and embellish with beads.  


Memorization Match-Up Game

Have several quotes from the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh posted on the wall, and have the same quotes split into two- or three-word phrases, written on cards. Each person gets part of a quote and has to mingle and find the others in the group that have parts of the same quote. Challenge each group to gather, memorize, and recite their quote as a group, as the others listen.


Birthday Party Chairs

Set up chairs in a circle, with one for each player except one. Choose one person to be “It” and stand outside the circle. The other players sit in the chairs. To start, each person says their birthday month aloud. Then “It” walks slowly around the outside of the circle. Suddenly, “It” calls out the name of a month. All players with a birthday in that month jump up and exchange chairs, while “It” tries to take one of the empty seats.
     “It” can also choose to call out more than one month at a time. Or if “It” says “Birthday Party!” everyone scrambles to find a new seat. The person left without a seat is the next “It”. Continue playing until everyone has a chance to be “It”.


Fruit Rainbow

Assemble bite-sized fruits in rainbow colors, such as strawberries, cantaloupe and pineapple pieces, green grapes, blueberries, and purple grapes. Push fruit onto wooden skewers in rainbow order—first red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Place skewers on a tray in an arc, with bowls of miniature marshamallow at each end for “clouds.”

Updated on 9.18.16