Stories of Celebrations

In Ireland, gatherings to commemorate the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh on the 200th anniversary of His birth reached over 1,300 people across the country. In different towns and localities, celebrations of the bicentenary included music, arts, and prayer. Many celebrations were attended by local members of government or representatives of different religious communities. President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, hosted a Bahá’í delegation at his official residence to mark the occasion of the bicentenary.

Delegation from the Irish Bahá’í community meets the President of Ireland

President Michael Higgins hosted a Bahá’í delegation at his official residence. "It is this commonality, this ‘oneness’ of the human race that inspires the Bahá’í Faith, which is inspirational to us all," he said in his remarks on that occasion . “Your kindness and generosity in looking out for the vulnerable, reaching out to people of all faiths, and indeed those of no faith, is both inspiring and humbling. It takes wholehearted and sustained effort and a generosity of spirit to open our hearts and homes to those who are different by virtue of language, history, religion, politics, perspective, culture, or identity.”

Young and old members of Kilkenny community celebrate together

The celebration in Kilkenny welcomed guests including four previous city mayors and the Community Radio of Kilkenny City. Guests enjoyed a viewing of the film about Bahá’u’lláh’s life and teachings, “Light to the World,” and various musical performances. The event opened with the Mayor remarking that mankind was better served with these Teachings than by dissipating its energy in warfare.

95 films/95 days

In Ireland, the Bahá’í community created 95 short video clips, one a day, leading up to the bicentenary. This one recounts a short episode from the life of Bahá’u’lláh.