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 173 BE will begin on 20 March 2016, but because the Baha’i day begins and ends at sunset this will be celebrated from sunset on 19th March.

Important Dates for 173 BE

2016 / 2017 173 BE Baha’i Dates Related Articles from Baha’i Blog
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April 8 Jalal 1 Feast of Jalal / Glory
April 20 Jalal 13 First Day of Ridvan 12 Things About Ridvan
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April 27 Jamal 1 Feast of Jamal / Beauty
April 28 Jamal 2 Ninth Day of Ridvan What are the Ridvan Baha’i Elections
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May 16 Azamat 1 Feast of Azamat / Grandeur
May 23 Azamat 8 Declaration of the Bab The Declaration of the Bab and His Station
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The Bayan – an Introduction
The Bab’s Revelation
May 28 Azamat 13 Ascension of Baha’u’llah Remembering the Ascension of Baha’u’llah
The Significance of the Shrine of Baha’u’llah
Reflections on the Ascension of Baha’u’llah
The Passing of Baha’u’llah and His Covenant
June 4 Nur 1 Feast of Nur / Light
June 23 Rahmat 1 Feast of Rahmat / Mercy
July 9 Rahmat 17 Martyrdom of the Bab The Martyrdom of the Bab and Jesus Christ
The Bab – What Was He Like?
The Shrine of the Bab and its Significance
July 12 Kalimat 1 Feast of Kalimat / Words
July 31 Kamal 1 Feast of Kamal / Perfection
August 19 Asma 1 Feast of Asma / Names
September 7 Izzat 1 Feast of Izzat / Might
September 26 Mashiyyat 1 Feast of Mashiyyat / Will
October 15 Ilm 1 Feast of Ilm / Knowledge
November 1 Ilm 18 The Birth of the Bab The Bab – The Harbinger of the Most Great Light
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Baha’i Blog Quiz – The Bab (Part 2)
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Baha’i Blog Quiz – The Birth of Baha’u’llah (Part 2)
November 3 Qudrat 1 Feast of Qudrat / Power
November 22 Qawl 1 Feast of Qawl / Speech
November 25 Qawl 4 Day of the Covenant The Day of the Covenant
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December 11 Masa’il 1 Feast of Masa’il / Questions
December 30 Sharaf 1 Feast of Sharaf / Honour
January 18 Sultan 1 Feast of Sultan / Sovereignty
February 6 Mulk 1 Feast of Mulk / Dominion
February 25-28 Ayyam-i-Ha Intercalary Days An Introduction to Ayyam-i-Ha
A Conversation on Ayyam-i-Ha
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March 1-19 Ala 1 Feast of Ala / Loftiness

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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