In 2019 Australian Baha’is are joining in worldwide celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab, the Herald of the Baha’i Faith.

The festivities will culminate in thousands of celebrations taking place in Australia and throughout the world on 28-30 October.

Born in 1819, the Bab was a prophetic figure who revitalised religious teachings, calling for spiritual and moral renewal including improving the status of women and the situation of the poor.

He gained thousands of followers before being put to death in 1850.

The Bab’s mission was to prepare the way for Baha’u’llah, the prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith.

The transformative power of the teachings the Bab foretold is reflected in Baha’i activities today, which seek to contribute towards a vibrant and inclusive community based on the principle of the oneness of humanity.

Because the Bab and Baha’u’llah were born on successive days, two years apart, their births are celebrated each year as consecutive or ‘twin’ holy days.

In 2017 we celebrated the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah. Selected images from the celebrations across Australia can be seen below.

This year we are celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of the Bab.