Days of Ridvan:
The twelve days of Ridván (April 21-May 2) mark the holiest days of the Bahá’í year and have been termed the “Most Great Festival” and the “King of Festivals” by Bahá’u’lláh himself. Yet many Bahá’í communities are at a loss for how to observe this occasion.
This short book draws together a selection of passages from the Bahá’í Sacred Writings which can be used at Holy Day celebrations and other occasions during the Ridván period. The first section presents Tablets specifically revealed by Bahá’u’lláh for Ridván. These include the majestic discourse in which the Manifestation symbolically addresses His pen as the instrument of the Revelation of His words, and proclaims His high station: “The Divine Springtime is come, O Most Exalted Pen . . .” Next are provided passages from the talks and Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that deal with Ridván and Shoghi Effendi’s account of Bahá’u’lláh’s Declaration. Finally, the last section of the book gives three eyewitness accounts to the events in the Garden of Ridván from Bahá’ís who were present at the time.
We hope that this compilation will provide a fuller understanding of the Most Great Festival to Bahá’í communities around the world and will become a ready reference to assist with the development of programs for fitting celebrations of these precious days.