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Indian Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India

Indian Lotus Temple

If you would like to meet Bahá’ís in your and learn about our Faith please contact the Community Secretary for details of our “Firesides” an informal meeting held in a home where you can get to know us.

We commemorate 11 Bahá’í holy days each year. These occasions are usually marked with community gatherings for prayer, reflection and fellowship.


On nine of the holy days, Bahá'ís suspend work.

These days are:

21 March: Naw-Rúz, the Bahá'í New Year.

21 April: First Day of Ridvan, marking Bahá’u’lláh’s declaration of His mission as a Messenger of God. This is the most important holy day and is the start of the twelve-day Festival of Ridván ("Paradise").

29 April: Ninth Day of Ridván.

2 May: Twelfth Day of Ridván.

23 May: Declaration of the Báb, marking the anniversary of the Báb's announcement of His mission in 1844.

29 May: Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, marking the passing of Bahá'u'lláh in 1892

9 July: Martyrdom of the Báb, Who was executed in 1850.

20 October: Birth of the Báb.

12 November: Birth of Bahá'u'lláh.

The Holy days on which Bahá'ís do not suspend work are:

26 November: Day of the Covenant, commemorating Bahá'u'lláh's appointment of His son, Abdu’l-Bahá, as the One to whom His followers should turn after His passing.

28 November: Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá, marking the passing of Abdu'l-Bahá in 1921.

Other special days

26 February-1 March: Ayyám-i-Há (also known as the Intercalary Days): a period of celebration devoted to charity, gift-giving and festivities prior to the annual fasting period.

2-20 March: Fasting month, during which Bahá'ís from the age of 15 years abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. There are exemptions for those are ill, elderly, travelling and so on.