Ireland will resonate this weekend with the sound of prayer and laughter, song and story, as Bahá’í communities in cities and villages across the country gather to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh.
The celebrations will be many and varied. In Kerry the local Bahá’ís will be joined by dignitaries and by their own friends as they formally open a garden of contemplation in Tralee. Tucked into a peaceful corner of Páirc an Phiarsaigh, the garden has been designed and lovingly executed by Bahá’ís from all over the county as a gift to the people of Kerry.
Meanwhile in Dublin an event celebrating the birth of Bahá’u’lláh two hundred years ago will be held at the National Gallery of Ireland in Merrion Square. Comprising a programme an artistic programme with reflective readings, the event commences at 7.00 on the evening of Friday 20th.
Indeed cultural and artistic elements are key to many of the programmes planned, from Drogheda to Donegal, Cork to Clare. In Wexford the Bicentenary programme will be hosted in Slade near Hook Head and as well as the screening of a special film made for the occasion, it will include lunch followed by a Unity Walk to honour the primary organising principle of the Bahá’í Faith – the unity of God, the unity of religion and the unity of humankind.
“By the end of the weekend it is expected that the name, life story and mission of Bahá’u’lláh will be better known to hundreds more Irish people than heretofore,” said Patricia Rainsford, Coordinator of the Irish Bahá’í Information Office.
Bahá’u’lláh, who had endured forty years of banishment and imprisonment for His teachings, died in the Holy Land in 1892 where He is buried. His shrine has become a place of pilgrimage for Bahá’ís, thousands of whom flock there each year.
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