Happy Ayyám-i-Há

The Ayyam-i-Ha Spread
The Ayyám-i-Há Spread by Lacey

The Bahá’í calendar consists of nineteen months with nineteen days plus 4-5 intercalendary called the Days Outside of Time or Ayyám-i-Há. On the Gregorian calendar, it starts at sunset on February 25th and lasts until sunset on March 1st. The morning of March 2nd starts the Bahá’í Fast where we abstain from eating between sunrise and sunset through March 20th. On March 21st we celebrate Naw-Rúz, aka the New Year.

Ayyám-i-Há is like a heady celebration right before going through tough work. Then we also have another celebration at the end.

(The photo is one a friend, Lacey, posted on Flickr of the Ayyám-i-Há party she hosted last year. I went looking for Ayyám-i-Há photos on Flickr and was pleased hers was in the first page of search results on most interesting. She also had Creative Commons settings which looked like I could use it. Thanks, Lacey!)

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