Participants at the opening ceremony of the Temple’s inauguration in Battambang in September
Recent progress on the construction of the local House of Worship in Norte del Cauca
The design of the local House of Worship in Tanna, Vanuatu
Many of the Tanna’s inhabitants were dressed in traditional costumes to welcome the unveiling of the Temple design in June.
A striking sight from July—the House of Worship surrounded by snow
A performance from the State Philharmonic Orchestra in Azerbaijan in honor of the bicentenary
A gathering in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, to commemorate the bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s birth
The Baha’i community of the Bronx in New York, in collaboration with the Bronx Museum of Arts, held a dance celebration for the bicentenary.
Laura Elena Flores Herrera, Permanent Representative of Panama to the United Nations, spoke in New York at the BIC’s bicentenary celebration.
Thai Princess Soamsawali watches a dance performance at a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s birth in Bangkok.
“Light to the World,” is a film about the life and teachings of Baha’u’llah released for the occasion of the 200th anniversary of His birth.
Some of leaders that addressed messages of support and recognition to the Baha’i community on the occasion of the bicentenary included heads of state and government. Top (left to right): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May; and first President of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda. Bottom (left to right): Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina; Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong; and former American President Jimmy Carter.
Participants at a law conference in Washington D.C. earlier this year that explored atrocities against religious minorities
Aydan Özoguz, Germany’s State Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Integration, speaking at an event co-hosted by the Baha’i community of Germany and the Anne Frank Foundation
An image of a stained glass project from Hawaii, one of the works of art featured on the bicentenary website
A classical music performance at a bicentenary celebration in Stockholm, Sweden
Handwriting of Baha’u’llah on display at the British Museum
Mark Tobey Mondo (World), 1959 Tempera su cartone diametro 29.8 cm Collezione privata, New York
Renowned musician Dizzy Gillespie would have turned 100 this year
The Baha’i World News Service launched a podcast in March. The first episode featured an interview about the Baha’i-inspired initiative Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial, which was featured by the Brookings Institution, a major think tank in the United States, as an innovative approach to schooling. According to Brookings, SAT is “catalyzing an education revolution.”
A group of five Baha’i women prisoners and five other prisoners of conscience created a white silk crochet in honour of the bicentenary. They then used the crochet to create a photographic composition to give voice to their sentiments.
The Education is Not a Crime initiative has found street art to be a powerful instrument for raising consciousness about the denial of education to Iranian Baha’is. The campaign released a documentary earlier this year, Changing the World, One Wall at a Time.
Mahvash Sabet (left) and Fariba Kamalabadi (right) both recently concluded unjust prison sentences, on account of being members of the ad-hoc group known as the Yaran.