Members of the Baha’i Faith community in Samoa are counting down the days for a very special celebration.
In two weeks time, they will join other members from around the world to celebrate 200 years of the birth of Baha’ullah, the Prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith.
He was born in Tehran in 1817. Two centuries later, the day of his birth is celebrated around the world alongside the birth of the forerunner of his revelation, the Bab, born on 1819.
These Twin Holy Birthdays are celebrated by Baha’is and their friends as one annual festival where the closely interwoven lives and missions of these two Divine Luminaries are remembered together.
The celebration will kick start on the evening of the 20th and 22nd of October at the Mother Temple of the Pacific Ocean at Tiapapata.
This was revealed during a press conference held at the House of Worship at Tiapapata.
According to the Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of Bahai’s, Peseta Demetrius Taofiga, Samoa will be the first country in the world to celebrate this event.
“Samoa will be the first country in the world to celebrate this event given its proximity to the International dateline,” he told the media.
“Baha’ullah is the latest manifestation of the word.”
“He is the latest in the series of divinely inspired moral educators who have guided humanity from age to age and has proclaimed that humanity is now approaching its long waited stage of maturity and unity at the global level of social organization.”
“He offers to the people of the world a unifying story consistent with our scientific understanding of reality.”
Moreover Peseta said there would be services held on those two days. “We will be inviting Church and Government Leaders, Diplomatic Corps. Judiciary members, heads of Govt. Ministries and private sectors,” he said. “We are speaking also on behalf of American Samoa Bahai’s because according to the Bahai’s National Spiritual Assembly, an instructor, we also cover American Samoa although we are two different countries.”
Local celebrations will also be held in most Baha’i communities throughout Samoa and American Samoa in the lead up to this event.