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October 3, 2017

Baha'is in Ottawa celebrating significant anniversary

Bahá'í CelebrationLike 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 religion.
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 Bahá'í Celebrationthis 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!

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