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Baha’i Calendar

The Baha’i calendar (also called the Badi calendar meaning wondrous or unique) is a solar calendar composed of 19 months of 19 days each, plus an extra period of four or five intercalary days, known as Ayyam-i-Ha. The Baha’i year begins on the day of the vernal equinox, which usually falls on either March 20th or March 21st. The inception of the Baha’i calendar was on 21 March 1844 CE, the year during which the Bab declared His mission and the Baha’i Faith began. Years are counted with the date notation of BE (Baha’i Era). The year 179 BE will begin on 21 March 2022, but because the Baha’i day begins and ends at sunset, this will be celebrated from sunset on March 20th.

2022 / 2023179 BEBaha’i Dates
March 21Baha 1Feast of Baha / Splendour
March 21Baha 1Naw-Ruz (Explore our Collection)
April 9Jalal 1Feast of Jalal / Glory
April 21Jalal 13First Day of Ridvan (Explore our Collection)
April 28Jamal 1Feast of Jamal / Beauty
April 29Jamal 2Ninth Day of Ridvan (Explore our Collection)
May 2Jamal 5Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Explore our Collection)
May 17Azamat 1Feast of Azamat / Grandeur
May 24Azamat 8Declaration of the Bab (Explore our Collection)
May 29Azamat 13Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Explore our Collection)
June 5Nur 1Feast of Nur / Light
June 24Rahmat 1Feast of Rahmat / Mercy
July 10Rahmat 17Martyrdom of the Bab (Explore our Collection)
July 13Kalimat 1Feast of Kalimat / Words
August 1Kamal 1Feast of Kamal / Perfection
August 20Asma 1Feast of Asma / Names
September 8Izzat 1Feast of Izzat / Might
September 27Mashiyyat 1Feast of Mashiyyat / Will
October 16Ilm 1Feast of Ilm / Knowledge
October 26Ilm 11The Birth of the Bab (Explore our Collection)
October 27Ilm 12The Birth of Baha’u’llah (Explore our Collection)
November 4Qudrat 1Feast of Qudrat / Power
November 23Qawl 1Feast of Qawl / Speech
November 26Qawl 4Day of the Covenant (Explore our Collection)
November 28Qawl 6Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Explore our Collection)
December 12Masa’il 1Feast of Masa’il / Questions
December 31Sharaf 1Feast of Sharaf / Honour
January 19Sultan 1Feast of Sultan / Sovereignty
February 7Mulk 1Feast of Mulk / Dominion
February 26 – March 1Ayyam-i-HaIntercalary Days / Ayyam-i-Ha (Explore our Collection)
March 2Ala 1Feast of Ala / Loftiness
March 2-20Ala 1-19The Baha’i Fast (Explore our Collection)

The Baha’i day ends, and a new one begins at sunset; consequently, the day on which a Nineteen Day Feast or Holy Day is observed begins at the sunset of the day before the Gregorian calendar dates given above.

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