There are eleven holy days on
the Bahá'í calendar, which is divided into 19 months of 19 days each
per year. On these days, Bahá'ís are urged to suspend work and school,
and spend the day with family and community. The remaining four
intercalary days (five in a leap year), called Ayyám-i-Há, are set
aside for visits and gift-giving.
9 holy days when work should be suspended are:
• New Year (the vernal equinox, known as Naw-Rúz).
• First Day of Ridván
• Ninth Day of Ridván
• Twelfth Day of Ridván
• Declaration of the Báb
• Ascension (Death) of Bahá’u’lláh
• Martyrdom of the Báb
• Birth of the Báb
• Birth of Bahá’u’lláh
The Ridván festival marks the anniversary of
Bahá’u’lláh’s first declaration of his mission in 1863.
other 2 holy days are considered minor holidays when work is not
• Day of the Covenant
• Passing of 'Abdu’l-Bahá