200th anniversary celebration begins

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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CELEBRATING 200 YEARS: Head of State His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II.

CELEBRATING 200 YEARS: Head of State His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II.

Members of the Baha’i Faith community in Samoa became the first in the world to celebrate 200 years of the birth of their Prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’ullah.

The celebration was held at the Baha’i’s Mother Temple of the Pacific at Tiapapata.

The Head of State, His Highness TuimalealiifanoVa’aletoaSualauvi II, Her Highness, MasiofoFa’amausili Tuimalealiifano as well as the Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, were among the special guests of the celebration.

More than 200 people of the Baha’i Faith from both Samoa and American Samoa attended.

According to the Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of Bahai’s, Peseta Demetrius Taofiga this is a milestone that all members of the Baha’i Faith have been looking forward to.

“The celebration begins today and it will conclude on Sunday where the Head of State will have his official speech (malelega) in regards to the celebration,” said Peseta.

The Prophet Baha’ullah was born in Tehran in 1817.

Deputy P.M. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa.
Deputy P.M. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa.
Peseta Vaisualau opening the celebration with a word of prayer.
Peseta Vaisualau opening the celebration with a word of prayer.
Some of the members of the Bahai Faith at the celebration at Tiapapata
Some of the members of the Bahai Faith at the celebration at Tiapapata

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.

 “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.”

A message was also sent by the Universal House of Justice to Samoa as well as all of those who are celebrating the milestone.

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