Two thousand Baha'is of the world formed a procession that walked toward the Shrine of Baha'u'llah and then circumambulated the tomb at Bahji, near Acre in northern Israel.
Many delegates wore their native dress -- from Western business suits to the colorful garb of specific regions of South America, Africa, and Asia.
Members of the Universal House of Justice lead the procession of 2,000 Baha'is toward their most sacred shrine -- the tomb of Baha'u'llah.
The Holy Day commemoration took place a few hours after the delegates had cast their ballots to elect the Universal House of Justice.
Most Baha'is participating in activities this week in the Holy Land speak or understand at least one of the four official languages of the convention -- English, Spanish, French, and Russian.
Baha'is walked silently in prayer and devotion as they circumambulated the Shrine of Baha'u'llah.
The Festival of Ridvan celebrates the 12 days Baha'u'llah spent in the Garden of Ridvan in Baghdad, when He announced His mission as the Messenger of God for this age.
One of the delegates from the United States is a Native American who donned her people's traditional dress for the Holy Day celebration.
For some of those at the convention, this visit to the Holy Land is their first. Others have attended as many as six or seven International Baha'i Conventions.
This view shows the site of yesterday's Holy Day commemoration. The Baha'is were seated in chairs at the outer periphery of the circle shown here, facing the Shrine of Baha'u'llah, which is the square, brick structure at the forefront of the buildings. The Mansion of Bahji, where Baha'u'llah lived His final years, is the large white building.