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Decatur Bahá’í community to host celebration of religious leader later this month

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Decatur Bahá’í community to host celebration of religious leader later this month

Friends and neighbors at the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, October 2017 at the Decatur Recreation Center. Photo provided to Decaturish.
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Later this month, as members of the Bahá’í faith celebrate the birth of one of their religious leaders, the Bahá’í Community of Decatur group will host a celebration.

The celebration marks the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, the forerunner and herald of the Bahá’í faith. According to the Bahá’í Community of Decatur group, the Báb was born in Persia in 1819 and was “a champion for justice and fairness, a generous and charitable supporter of the needy, a brilliant intellect with surprising wisdom beyond his years and a spiritual teacher with humble and constant devotion to God.”

People in the Bahá’í faith revere the Báb as the “Gate of God,” who paved the way for the declaration and mission of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í faith, the group said.

In the Bahá’í religious calendar, the “Twin Holy Birthdays” of the Báb and Baha’u’lláh are celebrated as a two-day festival that moves between October and November each year.

Two years ago, the Decatur Bahá’í community hosted a public celebration for the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. This began a two-year Light of Unity Festival leading to the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb in 2019, according to the group.

The 2017 bicentenary program was celebrated with a program of storytelling, music and a declaration by Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett.

This year’s celebration will take place on Monday, Oct. 28th, at the Solarium in Oakhurst. The program will begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a prepared program at 7:15 p.m. Additionally, the event is free and open to the public.

According to the Bahá’í Community of Decatur, additional associated events for children, youth and adults will begin earlier this month and continue throughout the Twin Holy Birthdays festival, which ends on October 30th this year. Film showings about the lives and missions of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh are also planned for November.

For more details about these events, or to connect with the Decatur Bahá’í community, visit the group’s website here.

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