Each year from April 21 to May 2, Bahá’ís celebrate the festival of Ridván. This twelve day period commemorates an important time in the history of this young religion, when its Prophet Founder, Bahá’u’lláh, stayed in the Ridván Garden after being exiled from Baghdad.
Ridván literally means “Paradise,” and Bahá’u’lláh gave the garden this name because it was here that He announced that He was the One promised in all previous religions as the bringer of an age of peace and prosperity to all humankind.
The annual commemoration of Bahá’u’lláh’s stay in the Ridván Garden is considered the holiest of days for Bahá’ís.
This year, several members of Bahá’í Mom Blogs have come together to offer ideas for how we can introduce this beautiful festival to our children.
Each day during Ridván (April 21 – May 2), a different blogger will “host” our walk through the Ridván Garden. She will tell part of the story of Bahá’u’lláh’s time there and also share a craft or activity that will bring it to life.
Our hope is that at the end of the Ridván festival, you and your child will have shared the story together and gained some creative ideas for delving deeper into its meaning.
We would love to hear your ideas as well, so please share them in the comments! Be sure to follow my Bahá’í Parenting Board on Pinterest as well!
Walking Through the Garden of Ridván
April 21 – May 2, 2013
April 21 (First Day of Ridván)
Ridván Tent from Creative World of Varya
April 22 (A Festival for All Peoples)
Ridván Around the World from All Done Monkey
April 23 (Roses in the Garden)
Rosewater Cheesecake from A Toddler, his mum and their recipes
Music to Celebrate guest post on All Done Monkey
April 25 (The Garden)
Felt Story Board from All Done Monkey
Hospitality from Creative World of Varya
April 27 (King of Festivals)
Crown Making from Veritable Treasure
April 28 (Nightingales)
Nightingale Craft and Sensory Play from All Done Monkey
April 29 (Ninth Day of Ridván)
Arrival of the Holy Family from Zerbert
Tapping into the Joy of Ridván guest post on All Done Monkey
Celebrations from At Home with Momma Skyla
May 2 (Twelfth Day of Ridván)
Leaving the Garden from Peanut Butter & Jelly