Democratic Republic of the Congo

Stories of Celebrations

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh were extraordinarily widespread — countless numbers participated in the festivities held across the country at every level of the community. It is estimated that as many as 20 million people saw the television broadcast of the national commemoration, attended by prominent government and civil society leaders.

Thousands attend celebrations in Lubumbashi

Bicentenary celebrations in the Ngaliema neighbourhood of Kinshasa

March in Lubumbashi

To begin the period of bicentenary celebrations in the DRC, hundreds of people paraded three kilometers through the streets of Lubumbashi holding banners and signing songs.

Ariel view of children and youth united in movement

Children and youth arrange themselves to spell out 200 in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

Bicentenary celebrations in the DRC
Choir rehearses in preparation for the bicentenary

Choir rehearses song entitled “Mutumibwe Munene,” meaning “A Great Messenger”

Local celebrations were held in countless villages, towns, and cities throughout the DRC

Ngaliema neighbourhood of Kinshasa

Friends in the local community of Ngaliema in Kinshasa displayed bicentenary-patterned tarpaulins on a truck and played music inspired by the Bahá’í Faith. Hundreds of people visited the display and engaged in conversations about the bicentenary.

Bicentenary march in Goma

Friends in Goma singing and dancing as they march from the regional center to the city center. This marked the beginning of the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh in their cluster.


Celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in Kinshasa