Happy New Year

Naw Rúz 2007
Naw-Rúz in Athens. GA 2007

Today is Naw-Rúz, New Year’s Day on the Bahá’í calendar. For the nineteen days prior, we have been fasting between sunrise and sunset. So parties are pretty common to celebrate surviving this trial. My first Baha’i experience here in Athens was a Naw-Rúz party.

A coworker said with all the stuff my group is doing I looked not bothered. Little did he know I was also fasting. Maybe that is a sign fasting is not as hard on me as it feels?

The photo is one I took at our 2007 Naw-Rúz party. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship were invited to participate. They brought drums.

The Bahá’í Fast

From Shoghi Effendi in Directives of the Guardian:

The fasting period, which lasts nineteen days starting as a rule from the second of March every year and ending on the twentieth of the same month, involves complete abstention from food and drink from sunrise till sunset. It is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recuperation, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent in his soul. Its significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character. Fasting is symbolic, and a reminder of abstinence from selfish and carnal desires.

Let’s hope I can attain some much needed spiritual recuperation. I am hoping to be more diligent about using the extra time to use for more meditation and prayer.

Some friends participate in a photo project called Nineteen Days in honor of the Fast.