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Soon we will enter “the days of giving” [Ayyám-i-Há] which is followed by “the season of restraint” [the fast]. Perhaps a refresher on “the days of Ha” would be in order or perhaps a quiz on Ayyám-i-Há to see how much we remember about these days.
During the fast, it might be valuable to read a few quotes about the fast. Maybe this this compilation on the fast might be helpful.
I wish you all a wonderful and joyous Ayyám-i-Há celebration and a truly spiritual and developing fast.
“My God, my Fire and my Light! The days which Thou hast named the Ayyám-i-Há in Thy Book have begun, O Thou Who art the King of names”
Do you want to take a Quiz on Ayyám-i-Há before you continue reading? If so, click on QUIZ on Ayyám-i-Há.
Ayyám-i-Há and the Bahá’í Calendar
The Bahá’í Calendar (called the Badi Calendar) was introduced by the Bab in the Persian Bayan (1). The Badi Calendar has 19 months, each of which has 19 days. This makes a total of 361 days leaving 4 days over (during leap years, it is 5 days). With this structure, there are 4 or 5 days left over (intercalary days). Thus the Bab based this new calendar on the solar year, which was in stark contrast to the Islamic Calendar in use at His time, which is lunar based. This is one of the ways the Bab marked an important break between His Revelation and Islam.
However, the Bab did not specify when these days should be placed. It was Bahá’u’lláh, Who later in the Kitab-i-Aqdas, confirmed and adopted the Badi Calendar and specified that the time of the intercalary days (days of excess).
Let the days in excess of the months be placed before the month of fasting. (Kitab-i-Aqdas nr. 16)
As the month of fasting is the month of Ala, which begins on the 2nd of March, the Ayyám-i-Há begins on the 26th of February and ends on 1st of March.