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Bahá’í Communities throughout Scotland joined their sister Communities worldwide on the 20th March to mark the Bahá’í New Year (Naw-Rúz). The celebrations, which took different forms throughout the world, but typically include programs of spiritual upliftment, music, dancing and feasting.

The Bahá’í  New Year festival known as Naw-Ruz (literally “New Day”) will begin the evening before because the Baha’i day begins at sunset.

These events in Scotland are typical of the kind of multi-cultural celebration that will be observed in over 120,000 localities where Baha’is — who embrace human diversity — reside around the world.

As well as an evening of all kinds of wonderful food, there will be readings of prayers from the Bahá’í scriptures in different languages, and also great music and dancing.

The festival comes at the end of a 19-day fast in which adult Bahá’í abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset as a reminder of the need for individuals to be detached from their material desires.

Naw-Ruz is the first day of the first of 19 months in the Baha’i calendar, which was initiated by the Bab, the Forerunner of the Faith’s Prophet-Founder, Baha’u’llah, who later confirmed å

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