Stories of Celebrations

In Iran, the land where Bahá’u’lláh was born, a resilient and joyful Bahá’í community commemorated the 200th anniversay of His birth with befitting celebrations held in towns and cities across the country. Bahá’ís unjustly imprisoned for their Faith honoured Bahá’u’lláh's life by creating works of art inspired by His teachings.

A group of five Bahá’í women prisoners and five other prisoners of conscience created a beautiful white silk crochet in honour of the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. They then used the crochet to create a photographic composition to give voice to their sentiments on this momentous occasion.

Songs written by Bahá’ís in Iran for the bicentenary

Iran Ma

Iran Ma

Dobareh Eshgh

Hengam e Vesal

Nam Nam e Baroon

Do Gharn Eshgh

One of the many simple gestures of unity offered during the bicentenary came from a Muslim family, who presented a beautifully decorated cake as a gift to their Bahá’í neighbors in honour of the bicentenary. Particularly poignant was the fact that some members of that family only a generation before had been antagonistic towards the Faith and had even refused to touch Bahá’ís, believing them to be 'unclean.'

A carpet woven by Bahá’í women held in Gurgán Prison, inspired by the bicentenary