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Entrance to the Shrine of Baha'u'llah.
Entrance to the Shrine of Baha'u'llah.

Saturday, May 28th marks the anniversary of the Ascension of Baha’u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith. Baha’u'llah passed away after a brief illness in 1892 outside of Akka, Israel.

Baha’u'llah—the “Glory of God”—is the Promised One foretold by all of the Divine Messengers of the past. Baha’u'llah delivered a new Revelation from God to humanity. Thousands of verses, letters and books flowed from His pen. In His Writings, He outlined a framework for the development of a global civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life. For this, He endured 40 years of imprisonment, torture and exile.

The Ascension of Baha’u’llah is one of nine holy days during the year on which Baha'is suspend work, if possible. The Holy Day starts at sunset on Friday, the 27th, and ends at sunset on Saturday, May 28th. As a result, the offices and studios of Radio Baha’i are closed for this period. The station will continue to air music and programs throughout the Holy Day.

Please join your local Baha’i community for their commemoration of the Ascension of Baha’u’llah, or you can join us on air for our observance of this Holy Day at 4:00 AM Saturday morning, which coincides with the actual time of His passing. For more information about Baha’u’llah, or the Baha’i Faith click on any of the links, or scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the links there.

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May 23rd, Baha'is around the world are celebrating the Declaration of the Bab. This Holy Day commemorates the day in 1844 when the Bab announced that He was a new divine Messenger, sent to herald a new age for humanity and to prepare the way for the coming of Baha'u'llah, the Glory of God.

The Declaration of the Bab, which starts after sunset on May 22nd and goes until sunset on, May 23rd, is one of nine holy days during the year on which Baha'is should suspend work, if possible. As a result, the Radio Baha'i offices or studios will be closed. The station will continue to air music and programs during this period.

Click here for more information on the Baha'i Faith..

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P1060907Wednesday, 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.

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There are two Baha’i Holy Days coming up in the next few days, the Day of the Covenant and the Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha. Radio Baha’i will air radio programs for each of these days:

Portrait of Abdu'l-Baha. (Copyright 2007, Baha'i International Community, http://media.bahai.org/ )
  • Day of the Covenant, November 25th, 7:00 PM and Saturday at 10:00 AM
  • Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha, November 27th at 7:00 PM and early morning on the 28th, at 1:00 AM

Call your local Baha’i community, for information on observances of these Holy Days in your area.

The offices of Radio Baha’i will be open as normal, since these are NOT Holy Days for which the Baha’is should suspend work, if possible.

We will post these programs on the Downloads page so you can listen to the programs at your convenience.

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