- Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
Whether you fancy yourself a bit of a philatelist or just enjoy exploring Baha’i history, you’ll be interested to see that there have been a variety of Baha’i stamps and postal items through history. Often celebrating Baha’i Houses of Worship, important Baha’i historical figures, or simply the Baha’i Faith itself, these items are certain to be staples of Baha’i philatelic collections for years to come.
We’ve collected a few beautiful stamps and artefacts to get you started below, but the real collection is hosted over at Baha’i Library. Thanks to the work of Tooraj Enayati there’s a great set of resources including Postal Stamps, Postal Stationery, Postal Items featuring Baha’i Personalities, and other Items of Significance.
Panama Postcard and Stamp
Titled “Freedom of Worship”, this stamp was part of a 1983 series showcasing religious temples, mosques and of course the Baha’i House of Worship
‘World Religion Day’ Stamp
This Sri Lankan stamp dating back to 1985 celebrated World Religion Day and features iconography and imagery from many of the World’s great religions.
Baha’i Postage Stamp from Trinidad and Tobago
Part of a 1992 series honouring the Inter-Religious Organization, the Baha’i stamp sat alongside stamps commemorating Trinidad and Tobago’s major religions: Christianity, Baptists, Islam, Hinduism (and the Baha’i Faith).
The Terrace Gardens of the Shrine of the Bab
Complete with decorative bottom marginal tabs, this stamp (shown in its official first day cover) showcases the Terrace Gardens in Haifa.
Israel & France Joint Issue Stamp
Commemorating the first flight between France and Israel in 1948, and issued sixty years later in 2008, this stamp was part of a pair, each of which was issued in duplicate for the two countries.
New Delhi Diamond Jubilee
Issued in 1991, these Indian commemorative stamps feature the Baha’i ‘Lotus Temple’ House of Worship in New Delhi.
Robert Hayden Baha’i Poet
Issued in 2012 by the United States Postal Service, this stamp featuring the first African-America Poet Laureate Robert Hayden, was part of a series honouring American poets.
If you enjoyed these stamps, don’t forget to visit Baha’i Library to view more wonderful philatelic memorabilia.
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