Stories of Celebrations

In Germany, home of the continental Bahá’í House of Worship for Europe, celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh were in diverse venues throughout the country. In many instances, groups of people — neighbours, friends, and coworkers — gathered together to create works of art, tell stories, and say prayers in honour of the momentous anniversary.

At the Bahá’í House of Worship in Langenhain, the bicentenary celebrations included choral music and prayers.

Celebrations at the continental House of Worship for Europe

Broadcast of the bicentenary celebrations at the Bahá’í Temple in Langenhain, Germany

Devotions at the Bahá’í Temple include choral music
Arts workshop

The Bahá’í community in Greifswald, a city in northeastern Germany, drew on the arts in honouring the life and teachings of Bahá'u'lláh. Many of these works of art sought to convey spiritual concepts from Bahá’u’lláh’s writings, such as the oneness of humanity, the innate nobility of the human being, and the potential in each person to be a “mine rich in gems of inestimable value”. A gathering specifically for the children was also held in the community.


A 23-minute film created in Germany for the occasion of the bicentenary.

Stirring exhibition held in Frankfurt

Over the first week of October 2017, a large hall in one of Frankfurt’s landmark buildings was host to an exhibition on the life of Bahá’u’lláh. The Office of the Mayor provided the venue. The exhibition attracted 27,000 visitors.

Offenbach, Germany

German translation of the Bahá’í writings

One community in Germany created this set of graphics of the Bahá’í writings translated into German.

Event in Berlin emphasizes unity

Communities in Berlin collaborated to hold a celebration together, embracing the city's diversity. Everyone’s hopes and wishes for living together in peace were gathered in an artistic manner by having each guest contribute to a tapestry of expressions that voiced their hopes for a better world.

Celebrations in Munich
Celebration in Frankfurt
Celebrations in Cologne
Gatherings in localities around the country