Farm Children's Class celebrates Bicentenary Birth of Baha'u'llah
On Saturday, 28 October 2017,
almost 40 students, parents, friends and teachers from the Foster Farm
Children’s Class, came together to celebrate the bicentenary of the
birth of Bahá’u’lláh.
The children had been preparing for this celebration for a number of
weeks. One week, the children prepared invitations for
parents and friends to attend the celebration. Another week,
they worked on crowns, inscribing them with Bahá’u’lláh’s
message: “Attire mine head with the crown of justice, and my
temple with the ornament of equity.” There was a decorative
paper chain created with the attributes: justice, unity, love
and peace to name a few written on each link. Over the course
of several weeks, work was also undertaken to prepare a large-scale
mosaic art piece to mark the 200th anniversary of the Birth of
Baha'u'llah. The children worked hard on creating this art piece which
used large letters to state “Happy Birthday Bahá’u’lláh".
The program included prayers, songs, readings, games and refreshments
(including a birthday cake). Participants from different age-groups,
including two babies, enjoyed a joyous afternoon of
This celebration was one of over 80 celebrations held across the City
of Ottawa during the October/November time period to celebrate the
Bicentenary Birth of Baha'u'llah.
The Foster Farm children's class is held weekly, with the objective to
inspire in each child a love for our diverse human family as well as to
cultivate a praiseworthy character, developing spiritual qualities such
as truthfulness, generosity and kindness. Based on the teachings of
Baha'u'llah, these classes seek to inspire in the children a love of
God and His Prophets, with the intention of assisting the children
ultimately to contribute to the well-being of their neighbourhoods.
Baha'is Celebrate 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah
On a glorious Sunday afternoon,
22 October 2017, around 800 Baha'is along with their friends and
family, gathered at the Sala San Marco Convention Centre in Ottawa,
Ontario to celebrate the Bicentennial anniversary of the Birth of
Prophet Founder of the Baha'i Faith. Attendees represented
a diversity of cultures and age groups, including many children and
The participants were warmly welcomed by the MCs and acknowledgement
was given to the fact that the celebration was taking place on
traditional Algonquin territory. The programme began with prayers
chanted, sung and spoken in English, French, Persian, Arabic, Spanish
and Cantonese, representing some of the many diverse peoples that make
up the Ottawa Baha'i community.
The group was then enchanted by songs presented by the 30 member Baha'i
children's choir who, in sweet clear voices sang about Baha'u'llah, as
the Prince of Peace and the Promised One of All Ages. A joyful
rendition of "We are the World" followed, bearing the message
that, "there comes a time...when the world must come together as
one". Another local musician then performed a rendition of
the Dan Seals song "Help us all proclaim the Greatest Name" and another
crowd favourite from Fred Ward "In this day, Baha'u'llah..." Read
received from Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa City Council
The Ottawa Baha'i community
is pleased to receive the following greetings and congratulatory note
from Mayor Jim Watson on behalf of City Council. The community has
warmly welcomed a number of City Councilors who have participated in
some of the diverse activities and events held across the City to mark
the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah.
Ottawa Baha'i Community
On behalf of Members of Ottawa City Council, it is my distinct pleasure
to extend warmest greetings to the Ottawa Baha'i Community on the
auspicious occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of
Bahá'u'lláh, the inspirational Founder of the Bahá'í Faith.
His philosophy embodies and promotes coveted universal values and
principles, which contribute to building more harmonious, just,
enlightened, healthy, equitable and compassionate communities.
As Head of Council, I want to offer my best wishes to the Ottawa Baha'i
Community for a most memorable bicentennial celebration of the life of
Jim Watson Mayor City of Ottawa
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Minister Trudeau sends greetings to Baha'is of Canada on Bicentenary
Prime Minister Justin
sent the following message to the Baha'i community of Canada,
celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah.
Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following
statement to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah:
we join the Bahá’í community in Canada and around the world to
celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the
prophet and founder of the Bahá’í faith.
teachings aim to inspire respect, as well as to promote
diversity and inclusion, gender equality, and education for all –
values that we hold dear as a country.
diversity is one of our greatest strengths and sources of
pride. This year, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of
Confederation, I invite all Canadians to reflect on how they can put
into practice these values of openness and
and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating this
historic milestone for the Bahá’í faith.”
News Statement by the Prime
Minister of Canada on the bicentennial of Baha’u’llah’s birth
Chief Perry Bellegarde Message to the Bahá’ís for the Bicentenary Birth
are delighted to share with you a moving message from the Assembly of
First Nations national Chief Perry Bellegarde, on the occasion of the
bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.
to the Baha’i Community of Canada!
is my honour as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations to send
my best wishes to the Baha’is of Canada and the entire Baha’i community
around the world on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah,
the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. This is a milestone worth celebrating!
behalf of all First Nations, I would like to thank the Baha’is of
Canada for supporting First Nations inherent and Treaty rights.
Baha’u’llah taught the importance of unity and justice among all
peoples regardless of their race or faith. This message resonates
deeply with First Nations peoples, as witnessed by the many First
Nations people that are part of the Baha’i community.
forward to working together with the Baha’is of Canada as we walk
together towards a new era of peace, justice and reconciliation.
Best wishes for a memorable and enjoyable celebration.
National Chief Perry Bellegarde
Assembly of First Nations
Commemorative Quilt to mark the Bicentennial of the birth of Baha’u’llah
Leading up to the 200th
anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, Baha’is across the Ottawa
region have found many creative ways of marking this important Holy
“As a quilter,” said Nathalie Thirlwall, “the creation of a
bicentennial quilt seemed a natural way to demonstrate my love of the
Blessed Beauty.” Nine women, some new to quilting, joined in the
project, which included several quilting workshops at the Baha’i Centre
and Thirlwall’s home.
The quilt design consisted of nine blocks, each containing a large
single star. Each woman sewed one block, using an array of turquoise,
mauve and cream batiks. The main blocks were surrounded by a double
border and once the batting was sandwiched between the top and bottom
layers, Thirlwall quilted intricate motifs of leaves, roses,
fleur-de-lis, lotus flowers and a single nightingale. Final touches
included a label, binding the edges and a sleeve to hang the quilt. Read
in Ottawa celebrating significant anniversary
Like their counterparts around
the world, Baha'is in Ottawa are celebrating a very significant
anniversary in the history of their Faith this year - the 200th
anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah, the prophet founder of their
Although the anniversary marks an event in history, it is also a symbol
for the belief of Baha'is that the pain which the world's peoples are
experiencing, has a light at the end of the tunnel. It is a message of
hope, upliftment and empowerment. The event is not only an anniversary
it is an affirmation that a process started in the land of Persia in
1817 has begun to impact and transform communities and neighbourhoods
around the world - in places like Cambodia, Congo, Colombia, India,
Vanuatu, Germany, and Ottawa itself.
Excitement has gripped the
Ottawa Baha'i community and their friends as they organize diverse
activities to mark and commemorate the Bicentenary Birth of
Baha'u'llah. Although the actual Birth of Baha'u'llah is celebrated on
October 22 this year, as many as 100 different activities will be
taking place across the city over the coming month, with some events
having taken place already. The activities span a diverse
range in form and nature, including concerts, creation of a special CD
with music, celebrations for children and junior youth, story telling
events, and programs which study the life of Baha'u'llah. Ottawa
Baha'is Tony Michel and Jane LeFeuvre recently had a house concert that
brought together their friends for a musical celebration of
Baha'u'llah. "It was our small contribution," Michel said, "to a series
of celebrations here in Ottawa and around the world.
The Ottawa Baha'i website plans to capture some of these Bicentenary
activities through pictures and writeups in the weeks and months to
come. Stay tuned!