Naw Ruz marks the end of the Fast and the beginning of a new year in the Baha’i calendar. Naw-Ruz is a celebration of a “spiritual springtime” that symbolizes both individual renewal and mankind’s revitalization.
Preparation for the Dedication of the Baha’i House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia is underway, and more than 1,000 guests from across the country are expected for the ceremony.
When attendees arrive for the inauguration, they will witness the beautiful central edifice, its surrounding buildings, and an emerging native forest.
The Temple’s inauguration ceremony marks a historic occasion for the people of Norte del Cauca, home to what is now the world’s second local Baha’i House of Worship – the other being located in Battambang, Cambodia. The local Baha’i House of Worship in Colombia is one of seven Baha’i Houses of Worship announced by the Universal House of Justice in their 2012 Ridvan Message. Others to be built are two national Houses of Worship in Papua New Guinea and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and three more local Houses of Worship located in India, Kenya, and Vanuatu.
Sometimes referred to as “Baha’i Temples” or by the name “Mashriqu’l-Adhkar” which in Arabic means “Dawning-place of the remembrances of God”, there are currently eight continental Houses of Worship in the world today, located in the nations of Panama, Uganda, the United States of America, Samoa, Australia, India, Germany, and Chile.
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