A response to the article "21st of March labeled as the Baha'i New Year!?"
21st had been declared by Baha’u’llah the Prophet founder
of the Baha'i Faith in mid 1880s. The Baha'i calendar is
devised of 19 months of 19 days each. 4 days (5 in a leap year)
remaining days of celebration complete a solar cycle of 365 days.
Naw Ruz also ends a 19 day period of fasting for the Baha'is all over
the world. It is a joyous, festive and holy occasion when Baha'is
are bidden to take off from work and to spend time with family and
friends much like Iranians have done for thousands of years as previous
articles have expressed.
fact that the Baha'is celebrate Naw Ruz in the same way should not be
misconstrued as lack of originality and should not preclude Baha'is from
calling it a Baha'i New Year. It is in fact a recognition and
reaffirmation of the beginning of the year at the vernal equinox by
Baha’u’llah. Though an Iranian new year, it is celebrated by
millions of Baha'm adherents all over the world who come from various
other religions and backgrounds for that reason. The other
contributors to this article are correct in that the mention of this day
as Baha'i new year is probably due to the fact that Amnesty
International is well aware of and has been in contact with Baha'i
institutions for many years. Many cities in US have
inter-religious organizations that produce a common calendar that
includes all Baha'i holy days including Naw Ruz. I am sure Amnesty
International would not have any issues in declaring that day and
Iranian New Year as well.