From sunset February 25th to sunset March 1st, Baha’is across Canada and around the world will celebrate the festival of Intercalary Days, marking a special occasion that often includes gatherings with family and friends, helping those in need through acts of charity, and spreading joy by giving gifts. These days are celebratory and are typically focused on hospitality and generosity, and Baha’is in neighbourhoods all across the country will be opening their homes for fellowship and holding joyous events.
Faith communities of Halifax Regional Municipality came together in a weeklong series of events to observe UN Interfaith Harmony Week — the first week of February. The centerpiece of the event was the Celebration, held at Mount Saint Vincent University. The program celebrated interfaith harmony through song, music, prayers, meditation, dance, and displays by people of diverse faiths. The presentations were followed by a talk by Dr.
“It gives me such joy! I love it!” This is how Sharon, from Chambly (Quebec), explains why for the last ten years she and her husband, John, have been inviting friends and acquaintances to her home to pray and talk about spiritual matters.
On a cold and snowy Sunday afternoon of January 19, close to 250 people of diverse faith communities gathered in the warmth of the atrium of Ottawa City Hall to celebrate World Religion Day. This was one of many World Religion Days taking place around the world that day, each with its own unique theme and form decided upon by the local community.
William Sutherland Maxwell played a significant role in the birth of the Baha’i Community of Canada. Faithful companion to and supporter of his wife, May Maxwell, the “mother” of the Baha’i Community of Canada, he had a very successful career as one of Canada’s pre-eminent architects in the early decades of the 20th century.
From the earliest times, pilgrimage, or travelling to a place of special significance, has been cherished in almost all religions and many cultures. Despite hardships, women and men, young and old, have undertaken journeys of pilgrimage for various reasons. Some have sought spiritual enrichment, others cultural and meaningful experiences.
Almost forty youth spent part of their winter school break, from 1 to 5 January, reflecting on spiritual concepts during an intensive training session organized by the Quebec Baha’i Institute and held at the Baha’i Centre in Québec. They pondered questions such as our spiritual nature, the concept of prayer, and the role of religion in society. Another aim of the session was to develop a spirit of service, so the participants not only studied the various lessons, they also engaged in action.
Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum is a singular figure in Canadian Baha’i history. Wife and confidant of Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, she distinguished herself through her writing, filmmaking, extensive world travel, religious leadership, as well as her exemplary efforts in support of aboriginal peoples, the environment and social justice. Née Mary Sutherland Maxwell, Amatu’l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum (or Madame Rabbani) was born on 8 August 1910 in New York City and grew up in Montréal.
The new layout is straightforward and user-friendly. It has greater functionality and easier navigation than previously. With content generated by our learning and a process of consultation and collaboration among national departments, agencies, and users, the new site features several helpful resources, including the Baha’i Community of Canada’s statements and submissions to government, links to other national and international websites, and the media bank.