Ayyam-i-Ha is a Baha’i festival that is joyously celebrated in countries and territories all over the world. It is a time of hospitality, generosity, and caring for the needy. It typically falls around the end of February and beginning of March and it is either four or five days long.
I love giving and receiving cards for Baha’i Holy Days. With Ayyam-i-Ha around the corner, I thought I’d share some of the Baha’i-inspired greeting cards I’ve stumbled upon. If you know of any others, please feel free to add them in the comments section at the bottom!
#1, 2 & 3: Esdee Designs
Let’s start with the card seen above. It’s the beautiful work of Simeen Douglas from New Zealand who’s the artist behind Esdee Designs. Here are two more examples of her incredible handiwork:
The card above proved so popular that she’s already sold out of them but I love the hand-lettering so much I had to share it! I know it’s a tease but rumour has it she’ll print more. There’s always next year’s Ayyam-i-Ha!
#4, 5 & 6: Ian Artistry
Ian Artistry is a multi-talented artist who makes soul-stirring Baha’i-inspired cards, such as the ones pictured below of the newly constructed Mother Temple of South America in Chile and the nine pointed star. He describes these cards as five dimensional because he “creates them in a spiritually rich environment laden with Baha’i audio talks or songs and a prayerful attitude, giving the cards fifth dimensional soulfulness”.
Other cards feature Swarovski crystals in detailed designs (and he makes Ayyam-i-Ha wrapping paper too!). I have a soft spot for this one titled “Tender Herb”.
#7: A Tiny Seed
atinyseed is an Etsy shop featuring the creations of Charity Hofert of the USA. I love to describe Ayyam-i-Ha as a festival of generosity, hospitality and joy and I think this card is very fitting:
#8, 9 & 10: Patty’s Garden Studio
Patty Harsem’s Pattysgardenstudio has cards featuring her water-colour art. She has cards for holy days, joyous moments, and to express sympathy and condolences. Here are her Ayyam-i-Ha designs:
She also offers mini-cards, such as the one below, to accompany gifts. It includes a description of Ayyam-i-Ha inside for recipients who may be new to this joyous time of year.
#11 & 12: Women Making Things
Carolyn Reddy and Kirby Teuila Grey of Women Making Things offer Ayyam-i-Ha cards in eye-catching designs:
#13: Nightingale Creations
Nightingale Creations features the work of Elika Mahony, who is no stranger to Baha’i Blog (you can listen to her Meditations for the Fast, her single “Hold Thou My Hand”, or read her interview about her album Infinite Bounty). She is also a talented artist and here is one of her beautiful greeting cards that can be found on Etsy:
#14 & 15: 18 Letter Press
18LetterPress, by Cheryl Cooney from the USA, has created these downloadable card designs for Ayyam-i-Ha featuring a silhouette of the Collins Gate in Bahji:
jbart is an Etsy vendor with a variety of gifts for sale but I love her floral Ayyam-i-Ha card:
#17, 18 & 19: Little Star Prints
And last but certainly not least, Kerty Kelem of the United Kingdom, is the card designer and creator behind LittleStarPrints which has colourful, bright and cheerful Ayyam-i-Ha cards. Some are downloadable if you’re pressed for time! Here are my favourites:
I’m sure there are many others out there! If you make cards, or know of someone who does, or have any tips and ideas for making your own, please feel free to share in the comments below. And if you have a small gift that will accompany your card, perhaps you’d like to take a look at our Creative Ideas video on how to make your own gift box!
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.