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Upcoming Baha’i Holy Days and Closures at Humani-T North End

As you may know, the Baha’i Faith is an important part of Humani-T history — as the founders of this company are Baha’is, and the North End location is owned by Baha’is.

There are nine days in the Baha’i calendar which Baha’is around the world observe where work is suspended. These days are as follows (please take note that there are a few coming up in late April and May):

pril 21: First Day of Ridván (meaning “Paradise” in Arabic) — the most important of the Bahá’í holy days. It is the day on which Bahá’u’lláh declared His mission as a Messenger of God.

April 29: Ninth Day of Ridván, the day on which Bahá’u’lláh’s family joined Him in the Garden of Ridván.

May 2: Twelfth Day of Ridván the day on which Bahá’u’lláh and His family left the garden to travel to Constantinople.

May 24: Declaration of the Báb the anniversary of the Báb’s announcement of His mission in 1844.

May 29: Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh marking the passing of Bahá’u’lláh in 1892

July 10: Martyrdom of the Báb Who was executed in 1850

October 29: Birth of the Báb

October 30: Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

For more information about the Baha’i Faith:

International Baha’i Community: Bahai.org
Baha’is of Canada: Bahai.ca
Baha’i community of Halifax: HalifaxBahai.org

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Humani-T Art Reception on April 27th

On April 27th, from 1 – 3 pm, Humani-T Cafe’s Young Street location will host an art reception in its gallery upstairs. Please join us in meeting local artists, enjoying live music, and consuming delicious beverages.

Please join our event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/398965033991072/

Local artists:

Christine Johnson ,MacInnes Barb Wornell, Liz Cole, Theresa Filtrate, Lise Pitre, Mirella Furlan, Penny Cameron, Alexandra Merkx-Jacques , Regan Zatelny, Jan Claes, Sandra Preeper, Edna Cherry, Valentina Kenny, Lyn Cleveland, Stacy , Ava Sampson, Katie Mann, Jean Macquarrie, Marilyn Mitchell Evans, Nana Shteinberg,Eman Rifaat Shirazi,
Debbie Mosher, Grace Luke, Athar Quershi.

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Why does Humani-T close on Baha’i Holy Days?

On March 20th, Humani-T will not be open in honour of a Baha’i Holy Day. This marks the Holy Day of Naw Ruz — the Baha’i New Year.

Bahá’ís commemorate 11 holy days each year. These occasions are usually observed with community gatherings in large or small settings, with programs befitting the significance of the day. Of these 11, Baha’is suspend work on all but 9 of these Holy Days (the last two).

In 2017 these days are:

20 March: Naw Rúz, the Bahá’í New Year.

20 April: First Day of Ridván (meaning “Paradise” in Arabic) — the most important of the Bahá’í holy days. It is the day on which Bahá’u’lláh declared His mission as a Messenger of God.

28 April: Ninth Day of Ridván, the day on which Bahá’u’lláh’s family joined Him in the Garden of Ridván.

1 May: Twelfth Day of Ridván, the day on which Bahá’u’lláh and His family left the garden to travel to Constantinople.

23 May: Declaration of the Báb, the anniversary of the Báb’s announcement of His mission in 1844.

28 May: Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh, marking the passing of Bahá’u’lláh in 1892.

9 July: Martyrdom of the Báb, Who was executed in 1850.

21 October* Birth of the Báb.

22 October* Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

25 November: Day of the Covenant, commemorating Bahá’u’lláh’s appointment of His son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the One to whom His followers should turn after His passing.

27 November Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, marking the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 1921.
Bahá’ís suspend work on all but the last two of these holy days.* The Bahá’í Holy Days are set and move according to a solar calendar commencing with the Spring Equinox. However the Holy Days marking the birth days of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh are set and move according to a lunar calculation.
Other special days in 2017/2018:
25–28 February 2017:25 February  – 1 March 2018: Ayyám-i-Há (also known as the Intercalary Days), a period of celebration devoted to charity, gift-giving and festivities prior to the annual period of fasting.

1–19 March 2017:2–20 March 2018: The month of fasting, during which Bahá’ís from the age of 15 abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. There are exemptions, including for those who are ill, elderly, traveling, pregnant or breastfeeding.
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International Women’s Day, and the heart stirring story of Tahirih

“The world of humanity has two wings—one is women and the other men,” wrote ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible.”

On March 4th and 5th, Humani-T Cafe celebrated the days leading up to International Women’s Day with art. Mahnaz Sobhani, manager of the Humani-T Art Gallery, with the help of 20 other female artists, put together a display of beautiful artwork at both locations. A reception was held at both cafes, and women from various backgrounds shared their art, poetry, dance, and live music.

On both days, the story of Tahirih — an influential female poet and theologian in 19th century Iran — was read. Tahirih’s significance to International Women’s Day lies in the impact she made in Iran during a time when most women were kept illiterate and hidden from the public sphere — she was an exemplar of women’s strength.

From the Tahirih Justice Center website:

Tahirih is remembered for her renowned skill as a poet, her theological insights, her leadership as one of the earliest Bahá’ís, and her ability to organize and inspire women to reject their oppressed status. In a particularly dramatic display of her leadership, Tahirih appeared unveiled before an assemblage of men and gave an eloquent speech about the need to reject old patterns of society. The act was so shocking to the audience that one man stood up and slit his own throat at the sight of her face.*

In 1852, at the age of 38, Tahirih was executed for her beliefs and activities. Her last recorded words were:

 

“You can kill me as soon as you like, but you will never stop the emancipation of women.”

 

The story or Tahirih is one we can keep in our hearts as we celebrate International Women’s Day — a day in which we mark the progress of humanity as it aims to attain the heights of equality.

 

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