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Ridván Festival: Bahá'í Holy Day Celebrates Bahá'u'lláh And Garden Of Paradise

Posted: Updated: 04/20/2012 4:28 pm

The twelve day Festival of Ridván, celebrated April 21 to May 2, is considered the holiest for members of the Bahá’í Faith. During those dates in 1863, Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, left Baghdad and entered gardens now known as the Garden of Ridván, which means paradise in Arabic.

Gardens are a requirement for Bahá’í Houses of Worship. There are currently seven continental Bahá’í Houses of Worship in the world. Each has a unique style but they all have four basic requirements: they are circular shape, have nine sides, a dome, and are surrounded by nine gardens with walkways.

Enjoy These Photos Of The Beautiful Bahá’í Gardens

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  • Apia, Samoa

    Bahá'í House of Worship in Apia, Samoa -- The foundation stone of the <a href="http://bahaisamoa.ws/" target="_hplink">Baha'i House of Worship in Western Samoa</a> was laid in 1979 by His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II, King of Western Samoa, the first head of state to become a Bahá'í. Construction of the House of Worship was completed in 1984. Rising amid a lush tropical landscape, the structure resembles "fales"-round homes with wooden beams supporting a curved, thatched roof-found throughout the island. The House of Worship's interior is ornamented by wooden carvings and tappa designs similar to those that embellish the bark cloth of the Pacific region.

  • New Delhi, India

    Bahá'í House of Worship in New Delhi, India (Completed 1986) Better known as the "Lotus Temple," this Mother Temple of the Indian sub-continent has seen millions of people cross its threshold, making it one of the most visited edifices in India. From its high-perched pedestal, this "Lotus" casts its benevolent glance over vast green lawns and avenues covering an expanse of 26 acres of land. Its soothingly quiet Prayer Hall and tranquil surroundings have touched the hearts of the Temple's numerous visitors, awakening in them a desire to trace its inspirational source and capture a bit of its peace for themselves. For more information please visit the<a href="http://www.bahaihouseofworship.in/" target="_hplink"> India Baha'i House of Worship website</a>.

  • Frankfurt, Germany

    Bahá'í House of Worship in Frankfurt, Germany (Completed 1964) -- The European House of Worship is located at the foot of the Taunus mountains in the village of Langenhain (part of the town of Hofheim) approximately 25km west of Frankfurt. For more information please visit the <a href="http://www.bahai.de/haus-der-andacht/" target="_hplink">Germany Baha'i House of Worship website</a>.

  • Panama City, Panama

    Bahá'í House of Worship in Panama City, Panama (Completed 1972) -- The foundation stone of the Temple was laid in October 1967, and it was dedicated on April 29, 1972. For more information, please visit the website of the Baha'is of Panama.

  • Sydney, Australia

    Bahá'í House of Worship in Sydney, Australia (Completed 1961) -- The Baha'i House of Worship, sometimes known as the Baha'i Temple, is open to everyone. It is a place of prayer and meditation for all: a gift from the Baha'is that demonstrates their faith in the oneness of God, the oneness of His Prophets and the oneness of humanity. The House of Worship is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year. For further information, please visit the <a href="http://www.bahai.org.au/Participate/Temple.aspx" target="_hplink">Sydney Baha'i House of Worship website</a>.

  • Wilmette, Illinois

    Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois (Completed 1953) -- Groundbreaking for the House of Worship, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, occurred on May 1, 1912, in a ceremony blessed with the presence and participation of Abdu'l-Baha, son of the Founder of the Baha'i Faith. Construction began in earnest in 1920, and the temple was formally dedicated on May 1, 1953. View a visual history of the House of Worship, created in 2003 for the 50th anniversary of the temple's dedication. Visit the <a href="http://www.bahai.org/" target="_hplink">Baha'i International Community</a> website to view photos of the House of Worship.

  • Santiago, Chile

    Bahá'í House of Worship in Santiago, Chile (under construction) -- The construction began in November 2010. The estimated completion date is 2016.

  • Akko, Israel

    The cactus garden to the north of the Mansion of Bahji in Akko, Israel.

  • Akko, Israel

    Gardens near the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh in Akko, Israel

  • Haifa, Israel

    The Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.

  • Haifa, Israel

    Terraces of the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, Israel.

  • Haifa, Israel

    Terraces and the Shrine of the Báb overlooking Ben Gurion Avenue in Haifa, Israel.

  • Haifa, Israel

    Terraces of the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, Israel.

  • Wilmette, Illinois

    The Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, United States.

  • Wilmette, Illinois

    The Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, United States.

  • Wilmette, Illinois

    The Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, United States.

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