Baha’is festival celebrates founder’s birth
Florence and neighboring community Bahá’ís invite their families, friends, neighbors and co-workers to a free festival with musical presentations and a film on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Poynor Adult Education Auditorium. They are joining communities all over the world in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith.
Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela and Darlington Mayor Gloria Cheeseboro-Hines joined the ranks of the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee; Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull; New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English; and other national, state and local government officials from around the world who have addressed a message or proclamation to mark the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh.
Millions of Bahá’ís in localities around the world are preparing to commemorate this momentous occasion in October of this year.
President Mukherjee of India draws attention to the relevance today of Bahá’u’lláh’s well-known statement, “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. I call upon the Bahá’í community as well as all Indians to use this occasion, to reflect upon Bahá’u’lláh’s life, His vision for the unity of humanity, and the monumental body of His writings about the moral and spiritual transformation of the individual and society.”
Prime Minister English stated in his letter that, “Many in New Zealand and around the world will be celebrating this very special anniversary, and I hope you enjoy the festivities with your family and friends.”