Community Celebrates Ayyám-i-Há!
Ayyám-i-Há is a period of
hospitality and gift-giving celebrated by Bahá’í communities throughout
the world in individual homes and in larger gatherings.
On 25 February 2018, a group of 40 Bahá’ís in the North Nepean area,
along with their friends held their annual Ayyám-i-Há celebration at
the Nepean Sportplex. Over 40 people of all ages came out to celebrate
this year’s holiday theme of Singing in the Rain and mother nature
certainly obliged by sending a downpour of freezing rain on the same
The celebration of Ayyám-i-Há, also known as The Intercalary Days, is a
period of 4-5 days at the end of February that fall immediately before
the Bahá’í month of Fasting. Bahá’u’lláh said of these days: It
behoveth the people of Bahá, throughout these days, to provide good
cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and
needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to
sing His praise and magnify His Name; and when they end — these days of
giving that precede the season of restraint — let them enter upon the
The room which hosted the
celebration was decorated with cheerful spring-themed cut-outs: frogs,
ducks, and umbrellas! The celebration began with a delicious potluck
lunch, followed by Readings and Prayers about the significance and
meaning of Ayyám-i-Há, the nature of the upcoming Fast and the theme of
rain and sunshine in the Bahá’í Writings.
Joyful songs were then sung and games for all ages had the adults and
children challenging each other amid great gales of laughter and
exuberant cheering! Prizes were awarded throughout!
A large card wishing the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Ottawa a
very Happy Ayyám-i-Há, and thanking them for their dedicated service
throughout the year, was signed and decorated by the attendees. Also,
in keeping with the spirit of Ayyám-i-Há “to provide good cheer for….
the poor and needy”, $62.70 was raised for the Ottawa Food Bank at the
Following the games, participants relaxed over coffee and desserts and
enjoyed each other’s company and conversation before heading back out
into the very non-spring like weather. All left in agreement that the
celebration had refreshed and warmed their spirits and better prepared
them for the month of Fasting ahead.
The North-Nepean Ayyám-i-Há celebration was one of more than 20
gatherings held across the City of Ottawa to mark the occasion. Many
Bahá’í Children's Classes celebrated the occasion with programs, music
and sharing of food.