Mangaung celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh

The entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, which is located near Akka in Israel. PHOTO:

Mangaung Bahá’ís are celebrating the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, in Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu and Bloemfontein. They join Bahá’ís in some 100 000 localities worldwide to celebrate this significant historic occasion.
The celebration in Botshabelo took place on 7 October 2017, at Simon Sefuthi Hall, where over 200 people participated in a joyous festival to celebrate the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh.
The Thaba Nchu celebration will be taking place on 14 October, at the Civic Centre Hall in Thaba Nchu and the one in Bloemfontein on 21 October, at Floreat Hall, Bram Fisher Building. These celebrations are open to followers of various religions and welcome people of different races and backgrounds.
Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), whose name means “The Glory of God,” is regarded by Bahá’ís as the Manifestation of God and the Divine Educator for this age. As in the case of the other Manifestations of God, Bahá’u’lláh was the direct recipient of Revelation from God. Thousands of verses, letters and books flowed from his pen. As the creative Word of God, his Writings have the power to touch the human hearts and transform us and the world around us.
These are festivals to celebrate the transformative impact of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings on the lives of families, neighbourhoods and communities around South Africa and all over the world. They are not only a series of three events, they include activities generated at the grass root level, which reinforce Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity and empower the participants to contribute towards building better communities.
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