Bicentenary website to remain resource, inspiration

November 1, 2017
Photos of a mural in Hoboken, New Jersey, are among those that have been added to the “Artistic Expressions” part of the bicentenary website.

BAHA'I WORLD CENTRE — A complete selection of nine video recordings from the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah held at Baha’i Houses of Worship and sites where future Houses of Worship will be built is now available online.

The bicentenary website has captured—through broadcasts, videos, photos, stories, and artistic expressions—the range of celebrations held on every continent. Reports have continued to be published on the website since the 72-hour period of worldwide celebrations ended at 4:00 GMT on Monday 23 October.

Among these recently added accounts is a report of a reception in Bahrain that attracted 120 guests, including government officials, religious leaders, writers, and others, focusing on Baha’u’llah’s teachings of unity and peace. Another, from Indonesia, highlights an event in Jakarta attended by a wide swath of the city’s inhabitants, which featured songs, dances, and other cultural programs.

Although coverage of events related to the bicentenary has ended and further content will not be added to the site, it will remain available as a source of inspiration to Baha’i communities around the world in their efforts with others to apply Baha’u’llah’s teachings.

A classical music performance at a bicentenary celebration in Stockholm, Sweden Slideshow
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A classical music performance at a bicentenary celebration in Stockholm, Sweden

As the Universal House of Justice wrote in its October 2017 message for the occasion: “Baha’u’llah calls for good deeds, kind words, and upright conduct; He enjoins service to others and collaborative action. And to the task of constructing a world civilization founded on the divine teachings, He summons every member of the human race.”