On April 20, Canadians across the country celebrated the first of twelve days of the Baha’i Festival of Ridvan (pronounced RIZ-von). The Ridvan Festival, the most significant amongst the Baha’i holy days, begins with the first day that marks the anniversary of Baha'u'llah's declaration as the “One Who was to be the Bearer of a new Message for humankind”.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has named the Baha’i House of Worship of South America winner of the Innovation in Architecture Award for 2017. One of the most important Canadian architectural awards, the announcement states:
Baha’i representatives were among those participating in the inaugural gathering of the “Spirited Citizenship” tour held in Vancouver on 28 March. Around 40 new and old friends of the Faith Alliance Network, youths and adults, from a variety of faith communities and organizations were in attendance.
The Alberta and Quebec governments, among others, greeted the Baha’is on their Naw-Ruz (New Year) this year.