Mirza Husayn-Ali, who is known to the world by His title, Baha’u’llah, was born in Tehran, Iran on 12 November, 1817. Baha’u’llah means “Glory of God” in Arabic and He is the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. The anniversary of the day He was born is celebrated alongside the Birth of the forerunner of His Revelation, the Bab. These Twin Holy Days are celebrated annually as one festival where the closely interwoven missions of these two Divine Luminaries are remembered together.
This nine minute video shows highlights of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah which took place at the Malvern Banquet Room in Malvern, Victoria, Australia.
The event was hosted by the Baha’i community of Stonnington, and this compilation features the Master of Ceremonies Cyan Ta’eed, readings by Geoff Brooke and Aria Saffar, an account of the life of Baha’u’llah by Marcos Tabacow and a dramatic presentation of Edward Granville Browne’s meeting with Baha’u’llah performed by Chris Burgess. In 1890 Edward Granville Browne travelled to Cyprus and Akka. He spent a week in Akka during which he had four interviews with Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith. He is the only Westerner to have met Baha’u’llah and to have documented that meeting.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, and Baha’is and their friends around the world celebrated this special occasion. You can learn more about the life of Baha’u’llah on Bahaullah.org and experience some of the many global celebrations and initiatives here on the bicentenary website.
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.