Baha’i (Badi) Calendar

The Baha’i calendar (also called the Badi calendar meaning wondrous or unique) is a solar calendar composed of 19 months of 19 days each, plus an extra period of four or five intercalary days, known as Ayyam-i-Ha. The Baha’i year begins on the day of the vernal equinox, which always falls on either March 20th or March 21st. The inception of the Baha’i calendar was on 21 March 1844 CE, the year during which the Bab declared His mission and the Baha’i Faith began. Years are counted with the date notation of BE (Baha’i Era). The year 174 BE will begin on 20 March 2017, but because the Baha’i day begins and ends at sunset, this will be celebrated from sunset on 19th March.

Important Dates for 174 BE

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The Baha’i day ends, and a new one begins at sunset; consequently, the day on which a Nineteen Day Feast or Holy Day is observed begins at the sunset of the day before the Gregorian calendar dates given above.

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