Naw-Ruz: A time for Renewal, Hope and Joy
On March 20th this year, Bahá’ís throughout the United Kingdom, and around the world, celebrated the festival of Naw-Ruz, th
e Baha’i new year.
The Bahá’í new year falls on the day of the vernal equinox in the earth’s Northern Hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere – the day when the sun’s light strikes the equator directly and illuminates every continent equally. Naw-Ruz is also celebrated by various faith communities around the world.
Naw-Ruz marks the end of the Bahá’í month of fasting, a nineteen-day period each year during which adult Bahá’ís abstain from food and drink between sunrise to sunset each day.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá describes how Naw-Ruz serves as a symbolic reminder of the unity of religions and the spiritual springtime the Divine Educators have brought to humanity.
The Bahá’í community of the United Kingdom was most grateful to receive the good wishes from various government and civil society organisations, including the Department for Communities and Local Development (DCLG) and the Interfaith Network for the UK.
In their message to the Bahá’í community, the DCLG wrote wishing “all [their] friends in the Zoroastrian, Ismaili and Baha’í communities a very happy new year,” further writing that they “hope that everyone enjoys their Nowruz celebrations, the dawn of spring, and the renewal, hope and joy that it brings. Let the light of wisdom shine ever bright.”