Special Bicentenary Collection

Glimpses from the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Children participate a group activity in preparation for celebrations of the bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh in the Kiriri community in Banzae, Brazil, in October 2017.

An artist from St. Petersburg, Russia, made a collage for the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. Illustrating the Bahá’í House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, the illustration was made using pieces of glossy magazine paper.

In Rwanda, a bicentenary celebration program included the traditional Intore dance.

A celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October 2017 in the town of Tuchín, Colombia, reflects the rich artistic culture of the Córdoba region.

A Native American Bahá’í performed traditional music and hoop dances at an event in Illinois, United States, honoring the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh as well as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in October 2017.

A group in Mwinilunga, Zambia, sings a welcoming song in preparation of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in September 2017.

This crochet art piece from Syria was inspired by one of Bahá’u’lláh’s writings: O Friend! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love....

Princess Soamsawali (left) represented Thailand’s royal family at a bicentenary celebration held at the Bahá’í Centre in Bangkok. The evening’s program, attended by nearly 250 people, featured music, prayers, and traditional Thai dances.

A group of five Bahá’í women prisoners and five other prisoners of conscience created a beautiful white silk crochet in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. They then used the crochet to create a photographic composition to give voice to their sentiments on this momentous occasion.

This painting was made by an artist in Singapore in honor of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October 2017.

In Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, where the first Bahá’í House of Worship was built more than a century ago, a string quartet performs in a joyful celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October 2017.

This Arabic calligraphy is based on a quote from the one of the Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh: Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust?

In celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October 2017, a group performs a traditional dance in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, at the site where the Bahá’í House of Worship will be built.

The Bahá’í community of Siguatepeque, Honduras, participated in the Flower Festival parade in their community, sharing about the upcoming bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October 2017. Their float was decorated with quotations from the teachings of Bahá’u’llah, including: O Friend! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love ....

A group performs traditional Japanese drumming as part of a celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October 2017.

Within the walls of the striking Eric Ericson Hall, celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh featured an afternoon of inspiring music and film.

This painting was part of 50 created in 2017 to honor the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The paintings were displayed in an exhibit in Uralsk, Kazakhstan.

Children and youth in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October 2017.

At the Aboriginal Friendship Centre in Vancouver, Canada, more than 200 participants gathered to commemorate the bicentenary with traditional indigenous dance and music.

A group performs during a celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in Norte del Cauca, Colombia, in October 2017.

In Avondale, New Zealand, 100 people collaborated with a local school to paint colorful murals celebrating diversity. These murals, which touch on the concepts of unity, family, and love, were displayed during celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in October 2017.

Young people in New York, United States, channel the joy and spirit of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh through the arts in neighborhood picnic in October 2017.

More than 27,000 people visited this weeklong exhibition at the lives of the Bab and Bahá’u’lláh in Frankfurt, Germany, in October 2017.

Two girls in Chișinău, Moldova, welcome their neighbors and friends to an outdoor celebration, where stories about Bahá’u’lláh were shared.

A small caravan visited neighboring communities scattered across the eastern part of Sindh, Pakistan, shared a song created for the bicentenary. The visits prompted spontaneous celebrations.

A celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in October 2017 included musical performances, prayers, and a screening of the film Light to the World.