The first day of Ridvan Festival

Today Baha'is celebrate the first day of Ridvan (First Day of Ridvan ). On this day, Bah?'u'll?h (Baha'u'llah) — Founder of the Baha'i Faith — the first time publicly declared His mission in 1863 in a garden near Baghdad. In the first day of Ridvan are elections of the Local Spiritual Assembly, which will manage all the affairs of the Baha'i community over the next year.

At the request of Persia, the Turkish government issued the expulsion order of Bah?'u'll?h in Constantinople. The news of his departure spread rapidly among the people of Baghdad and neighboring towns, and many wanted to be in his presence, and to give him the last tribute of respect. However, it soon became clear that his house is too small for this purpose.

Then Najib Pasha, one of the members of the aristocracy of the city, the former governor, gave its fleet Nadzhibiyi, at the disposal of Baha'u'llah. This beautiful garden, called the followers of Baha'u'llah Ridvan (which means "Paradise"), located in the suburbs of Baghdad, on the other side of the river from the house of Baha'u'llah.

Arrival of Bah?'u'll?h in the Garden of Ridvan is considered the beginning of the sacred and the largest of all Baha'i holidays — holiday in memory of the Proclamation of His Mission. Sketchy descriptions left by the descendants of His chronicler Nabil, the only one of the very few truthful testimony about memorable days spent in the garden Nadzhibiyya Baha'u'llah.

«Every day — tells Nabil — at dawn gardeners cut roses that framed four lanes garden and put them in the middle of His blessed tent. And so great was the pile of flowers that are going to drink morning tea in his tent could not see each other. All these roses Baha'u'llah personally handed out to leave him in order to make the flowers at his request had been delivered His friends — Arabs and Persians — that remained in the city. "

Ridvan — Baha'i twelve-day festival, the highlight of which is considered the first (April 21), {holiday-ninth} 588 {/ holiday} (April 29) and twelfth (May 2) days.