Stories of Celebrations

Throughout the state of Alaska, Bahá’í communities hosted celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh characterized by light, joy, and harmony. Alaska is home to a large indigenous population, and bicentenary celebrations honored Native Alaskan culture by drawing on the rich tradition of song and dance.

A message signed by the Nenana Tribal Council on the occasion of the bicentenary

The Tribal Council of Nenana signed a proclamation to honor the bicentenary. The photographs here show the proclamation signed by the members of the Tribal Council, as well as a photo of some Bahá'ís in Nenana displaying it. The Bahá'ís of Alaska also received other messages of greeting and proclamations on the occasion of the bicentenary, including from both of Alaska's U.S. Senators, the Governor of Alaska, and several mayors.

This watercolour painting, inspired by the pathway which leads to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, was created by an Alaskan artist to commemorate the bicentenary.

Celebration in Anchorage

Celebrations at the bicentenary gathering in Anchorage, featuring Alaska Native song and dance