Stories of Celebrations

From its earliest days, the Bahá’í Faith has existed in Iraq, dating back to Bahá’u’lláh’s exile to Baghdad in 1853. For ten years, Bahá’u’lláh and his family resided in Iraq — a chapter of Bahá’í history that concluded with the declaration of Bahá’u’lláh’s mission to His followers in the Garden of Riḍván in 1863.

Drawing strength from the sacred history upon which their community is built, the Bahá’ís of Iraq celebrated the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh with a befitting attitude of love and reverence. Hundreds came together throughout the country, including in the Kurdistan region, where guests watched the film Light to the World, which features footage from their own region.

Celebration in Erbil

The bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh is celebrated on the main street leading to the Ashti neighborhood in the city of Erbil.

Dance expresses teachings of Bahá’u’lláh

In Sulaymaniyah, members of the community celebrated the bicentenary of His birth by performing a dance called “Manifestation,” which was choreographed by a well-known local artist. The performance was recorded and aired on television for many to enjoy.

A poem about the celebration of the bicentenary birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Message from the Kurdistan Regional Government

A message from the spokesperson of the Kurdish Regional Government to the Bahá’í community for the occasion of the bicentenary.