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Baha’i calendar

March 22, 2015

Under construction This is a personal shareable research tool. Please visit the official Baha’i websites for comprehensive information. The Baha’i calendar is a cycle of 19 months and the Baha’i month is a cycle of 19 days. 19 x 19 is 361 days. Ayyám Al Há forms the four or five intercalary days between the last and the first months that fill out the 365 or 366 days of the solar year.

Today is ‘Idál, عدال, Justice, Wednesday in the month of Baha بهاء Splendour glory, light, excellence), in the year 172 BE, in the Vahid Alif meaning A in the Kull-i-Shay?

The Bahá’í week starts on Saturday, and ends on Friday.[22] Like Judaism and Islam, days begin at sunset on the previous solar day and end at sunset of the present solar day. Bahá’í writings indicate that Friday is to be kept as a day of rest.[23][24] The practice of keeping Friday as a day of rest is currently not observed in all countries; for example, in the UK, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís confirmed it does not currently keep this practice.[25]

 

Arabic Name[2] Arabic Script English Translation[22] Day of the Week[2]
Jalál جلال Glory Saturday
Jamál جمال Beauty Sunday
Kamál كمال Perfection Monday
Fiḍál فضال Grace Tuesday
‘Idál عدال Justice Wednesday
Istijlál استجلال Majesty Thursday
Istiqlál استقلال Independence Friday

 

Baha’i Months

Cycle of nineteen days See Baha’i Feasts

Baha’i Years

Cycle of nineteen months

Baha’i Vahid

Cycle of nineteen years

Baha’i Kull-i-Shay

Cycle of nineteen Vahid

“The Báb has, in His writings revealed in Arabic, divided the years following the date of His Revelation, into cycles of nineteen years each. Each cycle of nineteen years is called Váhid. Nineteen cycles constitute a period called Kull-i-Shay. The numerical value of the word “Váhid” is nineteen. It signifies unity, and is symbolic of the unity of God. The numerical value of the “Kull-i-Shay” is 361, and literally means “all things. The numerical value of the “Kull-i-Shay” is 361, and literally means “all things.” In the table below are given the first 361 years of the Bahá’í Era  (Bolhuis 1999).”

This is a section of Bolhuis’ Chart of the first 361 years (19*19) of the Bahá’í Era

Name Meaning 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 19
1 Alif A 1939 1958 1977 1996 2015 2034 2053 2186
2 B 1940 1959 1978 1997 2016 2035 2054 2187
3 Ab Father 1941 1960 1979 1998 2017 2036 2055 2188
4 Dál D 1942 1961 1980 1999 2018 2037 2056 2189
5 Báb Gate 1943 1962 1981 2000 2019 2038 2057 2190
6 Váv V 1944 1963 1982 2001 2020 2039 2058 2191
7 Abad Eternity 1945 1964 1983 2002 2021 2040 2059 2192
8 Jád Generosity 1946 1965 1984 2003 2022 2041 2060 2193
9 Bahá Splendour 1947 1966 1985 2004 2023 2042 2061 2194
10 Hubb Love 1948 1967 1986 2005 2024 2043 2062 2195
11 Bahháj Delightful 1949 1968 1987 2006 2025 2044 2063 2196
12 Javáb Answer 1950 1969 1988 2007 2026 2045 2064 2197
13 Ahad Single 1951 1970 1989 2008 2027 2046 2065 2198
14 Vahháb Bountiful 1952 1971 1990 2009 2028 2047 2066 2199
15 Vidád Affection 1953 1972 1991 2010 2029 2048 2067 2200
16 Badi’ Beginning 1954 1973 1992 2011 2030 2049 2068 2201
17 Bahí Luminous 1955 1974 1993 2012 2031 2050 2069 2202
18 Abhá Most Luminous 1956 1975 1994 2013 2032 2051 2070 2203
19 Váhid Unity 1957 1976 1995 2014 2033 2052 2071 2204

References

Bolhuis, Arjen. 1999. The First Kull-i-Shay’ of the Bahá’í Era

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