Baha'i Holy Days

Bahá’ís commemorate 11 holy days each year, with 9 Holy Days where work and school should be suspended. The dates below are for the Gregorian calendar for 2022 and 2023.

Holy days

Naw-Rúz The Bahá’í New Year21 March21 March
First Day of Ridván (meaning “Paradise” in Arabic) — the most important of the Bahá’í holy days. It is the day on which Bahá’u’lláh declared His mission as a Messenger of God. 21 April21 April
Ninth Day of Ridván the day on which Bahá’u’lláh’s family joined Him in the Garden of Ridván.29 April29 April
Twelfth Day of Ridván the day on which Bahá’u’lláh and His family left the garden to travel to Constantinople.2 May2 May
Declaration of the Báb the anniversary of the Báb’s announcement of His mission in 1844.24 May24 May
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh marking the passing of Bahá’u’lláh in 189229 May29 May
Martyrdom of the Báb Who was executed in 185010 July10 July
Birth of the Báb26 Oct16 Oct
Birth of Bahá’u’lláh27 Oct17 Oct
Day of the Covenant** commemorating Bahá’u’lláh’s appointment of His son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the One to whom His followers should turn after His passing.26 Nov  26 Nov
Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá** marking the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 192128 Nov28 Nov

Important to note: The majority of the Bahá’í Holy Days are based on the solar calendar commencing with the Spring Equinox. The exceptions to this are The Birth of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh which are set and move according to a lunar calendar. Please see the guidance from the Universal House of Justice for more information. The calendar of Holy Days for the 171 BE to 221 BE can be found here. 

** Work not suspended; Bahá’ís are enjoined to suspend work on all but these holy days.

Other significant days

Ayyám-i-Há (also known as the Intercalary Days) is a period of celebration devoted to charity, gift-giving, and festivities prior to the annual period of fasting26 Feb – 01 March26 Feb – 01 March

The month of fasting, during which Bahá’ís from the age of 15 abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. There are exemptions, including those who are ill, elderly, traveling, pregnant, or breastfeeding.

02 – 20 March02 – 20 March