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Bahá’í Dinner Celebration, Rea’s Home, May 2, 2015

On May 2, 2015, Bahá’ís of Statesboro and their friends gathered at Dan and Maria Fatima Rea’s home to commemorate the 12th day of Ridvan with a Bahá’í Dinner Celebration. Please click below for a description and photos of the event.

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Seventeen people of diverse nationalities (China, Nigeria, Peru, Brazil, Russia, and USA) gathered to remember the Bahá’í Holy Day of Ridvan, the Most Great Festival, when in 1863 in the Garden of Ridvan (see photos for similar gardens), Baha’u’llah declared his mission as God’s Messenger of Peace bringing unity to all humankind. During His 12 days in the Garden of Ridvan, Baha’u’llah made three announcements: an end to lawful Holy Wars (Jihad), another Messenger of God would not return for less than 1000 years, and the planet was spiritually regenerated to pave the way for world peace. He proclaimed that peace would be brought about by the Messenger’s “Pen” not by the soldier’s “sword.” In the Tablet of Ridvan, he extols His Pen of Peace, “The Divine Springtime is come, O Most Exalted Pen, for the Festival of the All-Merciful is fast approaching. Bestir thyself, and magnify, before the entire creation, the name of God, and celebrate His praise, in such wise that all created things may be regenerated and made new.” The Word of God revealed by the Messenger’s Pen has upset the world’s equilibrium by dividing, scattering, and reuniting all things as “entities of a new creation.” Special thanks to those who shared their artistic talents during the social part of the celebration: Joe Goldstein for singing unity songs accompanied by Merritt Skidmore-Hess on keyboard and Daronte Starkes on African drum, and our Chinese friends for singing the traditional Chinese Jasmine song. Also we shared a special carrot cake together that said “bon voyage” to our friends, Wen Li and Hui Tang, who will soon return to China. Also thanks to Daronte Starks for taking the photos. People of all religions, races, and nationalities are welcome at the Bahá’í celebrations.

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