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First Day of the Festival of Riḍván and 'Īd al-Fiṭr

Friday, April 21, 2023 (all day)

The Festival of Riḍván, termed by Bahá’u’lláh the “Most Great Festival” and the “King of Festivals”, commemorates the 12 days that Bahá’u’lláh spent in the garden of Riḍván outside Baghdad. The festival commemorates Bahá'u'lláh's public declaration of His mission to His family and closest followers. The first, the ninth, and the twelfth days of Riḍván are Bahá’í Holy Days on which work is suspended. Religious accommodation may be required for this observance/holy day. Suspension of work/classes may be requested by observant.

Literally the Festival of Breaking the Fast, 'Īd al-Fiṭr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other occurs after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca). At 'Īd al-Fiṭr people dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and family. (Observance begins at sunset of the previous day, but special worship and prayers begin May 2.) Religious accommodation for special worship may be required for this observance/holy day.

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