The twelve days of Ridván (April 21-May 2) mark the holiest days
of the Bahá'í year and have been termed the "Most Great Festival"
and the "King of Festivals" by Bahá'u'lláh himself. Yet many Bahá'í
communities are at a loss for how to observe this occasion.
This short book draws together a selection of passages from the
Bahá'í Sacred Writings which can be used at Holy Day celebrations
and other occasions during the Ridván period. The first section
presents Tablets specifically revealed by Bahá'u'lláh for Ridván.
These include the majestic discourse in which the Manifestation
symbolically addresses His pen as the instrument of the Revelation
of His words, and proclaims His high station: "The Divine Springtime
is come, O Most Exalted Pen . . ." Next are provided passages from
the talks and Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Bahá that deal with Ridván and
Shoghi Effendi's account of Bahá'u'lláh's Declaration. Finally,
the last section of the book gives three eyewitness accounts to
the events in the Garden of Ridván from Bahá'ís who were present
at the time.
We hope that this compilation will provide a fuller understanding
of the Most Great Festival to Bahá'í communities around the world
and will become a ready reference to assist with the development
of programs for fitting celebrations of these precious days.
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