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This news & events blog highlights recent activities in the DC Bahai community.

DC Baha'is and friends consult in the Edgewood neighborhood. 

To create a better world we need to start with the youth.  And in the Edgewood neighborhood in Northeast, DC Bahá'ís & other dedicated friends are working with local children & adolescents & their families to improve their community.  Over the next few weeks, participants will be building on a number of already thriving youth-oriented initiatives to further involve young people in a systematic program focusing on character & identity development, self-empowerment, and acts of community service.  The project is based on material developed & implemented by the international Bahá'í community.  Whether you are a local Bahá'í or a friend of the Bahá'í community, you are welcome to join in supporting these activities.



Please join us for the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab on Friday, July 9th at 1:00 p.m. at the Washington, DC Baha'i Center.  All are welcome.  Light refreshments will be served.  

For more about the Bab go here


Entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, burial place of the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, near Acre, Israel. To Bahá’ís, it is the holiest spot on earth.
Bahá'u'lláh, the Founder of the Baha'i Faith, died peacefully on the morning of May 29, 1892. He now lies buried in Bahji, in a shrine surrounded by a stunning garden, which is designed to symbolise the order of the world in the future.  Six days before His death, Baha’u’llah gathered his followers and family members and delivered what would be His last address to them:

"I am well pleased with you all. Ye have rendered many services, and been very assiduous in your labors. Ye have come here every morning and every evening. May God assist you to remain united. May He aid you to exalt the Cause of the Lord of being."

The commemoration will be held at the DC Baha'i Center on May 29th at 3 am.  A devotional program will begin at 3:15 and will culminate with a reading of the Tablet of Visitation at 4 am.  Please note, since the United States observes day light savings time, the commemoration is observed at 4 am instead of 3 am. 
As the hour of the morning may make transportation difficult, the planning committee asks that anyone willing to provide transportation, and anyone who desires to attend and needs transportation, to please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We will help facilitate rides as needed. 
Photograph from the Bahá’í World News Service.
We would like to invite you, your family and friends to celebrate the Declaration of the Bab. Please join the DC Baha'i Community this May 23rd starting at 2pm at the Towers Community Center for prayers, music and light refreshments. As the Towers requires a guest list, please RSVP by May 21st to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Abdu'l-Baha said this about the Bab:
"It is a blessed day and the dawn of manifestation, for the appearance of the Báb was the early light of the true morn, whereas the manifestation of the Blessed Beauty, Bahá'u'lláh, was the shining forth of the sun. Therefore, it is a blessed day, the inception of the heavenly bounty, the beginning of the divine effulgence. On this day in 1844 the Báb was sent forth heralding and proclaiming the Kingdom of God, announcing the glad tidings of the coming of Bahá'u'lláh and withstanding the opposition of the whole Persian nation."  (Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 138)

Location: The Towers Apartment Building, Community Room, 4201 Cathedral Avenue, NW. Directions: Corner of Cathedral and New Mexico, Near American University. Street parking available, carpooling encouraged. Bus: N2, N6 and N8.


Thanks for all who joined us on Sunday for the 12th day of Ridvan. Read more to view images of the celebration.


Virgnia artist Jeremy Austin is showing a mixed media collage as part of the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival in Silver Spring this weekend.  His art includes seven strips that represent the seven Baha'is who are currently imprisoned in Iran. A prayer for aid and assistance overlays and unites the collage.

Go check out this festival and be sure to stop by the Kefa Cafe to see Austin's work.  For more, read
his story at and learn more about this the first annual humann rights art festival, and get details about the Kefa Café where his work is displayed.

Written by The Holy Day Committee Sunday, 25 April 2010 00:25


Please join the DC Baha'i community for the Twelfth Day of Ridvan on Sunday, May 2nd, 1:30 pm at the Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University. 

We would like to invite all to bring a flower of their choosing.  There will be music, prayers, and light refreshments will be served.

Need directions to Kay Spiritual Life Center?  See the map, below. 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 April 2010 01:01 ) Read more...
Written by The Holy Day Committee


Please join the DC Baha'i Community for music, prayers, and fellowship as we celebrate the Ninth Day of Ridvan on April 28th, 7pm.  The celebration will take place in the tent at the DC Baha'i Center garden. 

Should there be rain, the celebration will go on as planned inside the Center.

Written by The Holy Day Committee
Please join the DC Baha'i community for the First Day of Ridvan on Wednesday, April 21,  4:30 pm at the DC Baha'i Center.  Please share this flier below with friends and family.  You may also click the flier to see it larger.
Friday, 16 April 2010 20:45

Color of Worship logo
The Washington, DC metro Baha'i community along with the Howard University campus commemorated the 1912 visit of Abdu'l-Baha to Rankin Chapel with a rich artistic program on April 9.

The program included musical performances by Howard Gospel Choir, PULSE, DC Boys Choir and the Capiotl Shock Dance Team.

View the photos of the evening after the jump.

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What is the Bahai Faith?

Founded by Baha'u'llah in the mid-1800s, the Baha'i Faith is among the fastest-growing of the world's religions. Baha'is live in more than 100,000 localities around the world, which reflects their dedication to the ideal of world citizenship.