United Kingdom

Stories of Celebrations

Bicentenary celebrations in the United Kingdom brought light and joy to many communities across the country. Over 180 celebrations were held in homes and halls, and some 11,000 people gathered at the celebrations to honour the life of Bahá’u’lláh. In most of the celebrations, Light to the World was screened.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom addressed a letter to the Bahá’í community offering her warm wishes during the bicentenary weekend.

"[Bahá’u’lláh's] life, his teachings and his compassion continue to inspire people around the world, and we can all learn from his generosity and wisdom," wrote Prime Minister Theresa May in a letter dated 21 October 2017.

Also in connection with the bicentenary period, Her Majesty The Queen accepted a gift, offered by the Bahá’í community, of a specially commissioned calligraphic rendering of the prayer revealed by Bahá’u’lláh for her ancestor, Queen Victoria.

Celebrations across the United Kingdom

In preparation for the bicentenary, two trees, symbolizing the twin Manifestations, were planted by representatives of Bahá’í institutions at the resting place of the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, Shoghi Effendi, in the weeks leading up to the historic occasion.

A short film by the UK Bahá’í community on the Personage of Bahá’u’lláh and His Teachings

A film, produced for the bicentenary, by the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom

A bicentenary celebration at the Oxford Divinity School

Watercolour painting inspired by Writings of Bahá'u'lláh

Art exhibition in Hackney

Bahá’ís living in the Hackney borough in East London invited local artists to participate in the festivities surrounding the bicentenary by creating unique pieces of art inspired by themes from Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings.

A poem from the United Kingdom inspired by the bicentenary

Theatrical presentation for the bicentenary

Monologue about Professor E.G. Browne's account of his encounter with Bahá’u’lláh

Celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland

An Edinburgh neighborhood comes together to commemorate the bicentenary.