Celebrating Naw-Rúz

posted Apr 9, 2018, 5:38 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 5:39 AM ]
The Fort Wayne area Baha’is welcomed friends and neighbors to joyous celebration of the Naw-Rúz

Nowruz, historically and in contemporary times, is the celebration of the traditional Iranian new year holiday and is celebrated throughout the countries of the Middle East and Central Asia. Since ancient times it has been a national holiday in Iran and was celebrated by more than one religious group. The Báb, and then Bahá'u'lláh, founders of the Bahá'í Faith, adopted the day as a holy day and associated it with the Most Great Name of God.

The symbolic notion of the renewal of time in each religious dispensation was made explicit by the writings of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh and the calendar and the new year made this spiritual metaphor more concrete. `Abdu'l-Bahá, Bahá'u'lláh's son and successor, explained that significance of Naw-Rúz in terms of spring and the new life it brings. He explained that the equinox is a symbol of the Manifestations of God, who include Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh among others, and the message that they proclaim is like a spiritual springtime, and that Naw-Rúz is used to commemorate it.