Community Life

Does the Australian Baha’i community hold activities in which I can participate?
Yes. People are welcome to attend a variety of events, including the following.

  • Study circles, which explore spiritual issues in a participatory manner.
  • Devotional meetings, which have a variety of programs but usually involve prayers, music and quotations from the world religions.
  • Children's classes, which teach various aspects of the Baha’i Faith and emphasise the oneness of God, the oneness of humanity, and the fundamental unity of the world religions.
  • Junior youth spiritual empowerment program, designed for young people aged between 12 and 15 years.
  • Inquiry sessions, where people wishing to know more about the Baha’i Faith can ask their questions in an informal setting, often in people’s homes. They are sometimes referred to as “fireside” meetings.
  • Special events are often organised by Baha’is. These include, for example, interfaith gatherings, conferences, summer schools, and events addressed by visiting speakers.

You can learn more about these activities in the "Participate" section of this Web site.

To find out about activities in your area, contact your local Baha'i community in the "Contact us" section of this Web site. 

What holy days do Australian Baha’is observe?
Australian Baha’is observe 11 holy days each year. These include days associated with the lives of Baha'u'llah and the Bab, as well as the Baha’i New Year on March 21.

The First Day of Ridvan is the most important of the holy days. Ridvan is a twelve-day period in April/May that commemorates Baha’u’llah’s declaration of His mission.

The holy days are commemorated with community gatherings for prayer, reflection, and fellowship. Baha’is abstain from work on nine of these holy days.

Many Australian Baha’is also choose to join in cultural celebrations of Christmas and Easter.

Where does money come from for Australian Baha’i activities and projects?
All activities of the Australian Baha’i community are supported by the voluntary contributions of individual believers. Baha’is don’t seek or accept funds from others for activities that relate to the internal development of the Baha’i community. Funds from private, national, or international agencies are sometimes received for social and humanitarian initiatives, such as schools and agricultural projects that are designed to serve the community at large.

Are there any sects or branches of the Baha’i Faith in Australia?
The Baha’i Faith is protected from division by a Covenant established by Baha’u’llah. The Covenant was instituted to preserve the unity of His followers and requires members to turn to the Universal House of Justice, the elected international council. Despite rare efforts by individuals to divert authority to themselves, the Baha’i community is a single, organically united body, free of schisms or factions.

Do Baha’is have places of worship in Australia?
The Australian Baha'i Temple at 173 Mona Vale Road, Ingleside, Sydney is a place of prayer and meditation open to people of all beliefs. It is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week, with a special public service on Sundays at 11 am.  Baha’is also gather for devotional meetings in Baha’i Centres and in private homes around the country. All are welcome to attend.

Can I get married or have my wedding photos taken at the Temple?
Weddings may be conducted in the Temple grounds, but not in the Temple itself. All weddings conducted within the Temple grounds must be Baha'i marriage ceremonies, whether or not the couple are Baha'is.

Wedding photographs for personal use may be taken in the Temple grounds, but not inside the Temple.