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November 6, 2011

On October 20, Bahá'ís around the world celebrate the Birth of the Báb, one of the eleven Holy Days in the Bahá'í calendar.

Bahá'ís in Ottawa celebrated the Holy Day, on the evening of October 19. Community members and friends gathered in six different neighbourhoods throughout Ottawa. One such gathering was at the Ottawa Bahá'í Centre at 211 McArthur Ave.  In total, close to 300 adults, youth and children participated.  For each location, friends had prepared a program that included selected readings from the writings of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh, music and refreshments.

The Báb, a title which means ‘the Gate,’ is considered by Bahá'ís to be a messenger of God whose mission it was to prepare the way for Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith.

Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, a merchant from Shiraz, Persia (now Iran) was born on Oct. 20, 1819. In 1844 he proclaimed that he was the bearer of a Divine Revelation which would prepare humanity for the advent of the Promised One of all religions. He took the title “the Báb” which means “Gate” in Arabic. Fearful of the spread of the Báb’s teachings, Persian authorities executed him in 1850. His remains are buried on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, under a golden-domed Shrine, a site of pilgrimage for Bahá'ís around the world.
Shrine of the Báb

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