Wednesday, April 20th, is the First Day of the Ridvan Festival. This annual Baha’i festival commemorates the 12 days in 1863, from April 20th to May 1st, when Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, resided in a garden called Ridvan, in Baghdad, Iraq. While He was in the Garden of Ridvan, Baha’u’llah publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age, the promised one of all religions. The first, ninth and twelfth days of the Ridvan Festival are celebrated as holy days when work or school is suspended for Baha’is, if at all possible.
Since Wednesday is a Baha’i Holy Day, the staff of the station will not be working. So you won’t hear the program hosts doing their regular programs. If you want to know the name of a song that day, go to our website, wlgi.org, and click on Playing Now, or you might be able to just look at your radio, if it displays song and artist information. Our streaming player also gives song title, artist and album information.
We will air a special First Day of Ridvan program at 18:00 PM on Tuesday the 19th, and again at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, the 20th. Please join us for a joyous celebration in songs, prayers and readings.
Call the local Baha'i community near you, or check their website or Facebook page, for information about a Ridvan celebration nearest to you. Usually, communities observe this Holy Day at 4:00 PM.
So, when you meet a Bahá'í on Wednesday, wish him or her a Happy Ridvan! Or, post Happy Ridvan greetings on the Facebook Wall of your Bahá'í friends.