Seen as the prophet of the Bahá’í faith, The Báb called on the people of his native Persia (now Iran) to purify themselves for the coming of the messenger of God. Bahá’u’lláh, the messenger in question, was a follower of The Báb and it is through him that the Bahá’í faith was founded. Celebrations on The Báb’s birthday are simple yet joyous, beginning with prayers and devotional readings, and ending with festive social gatherings. The Birth of The Báb is one of nine Bahá’í Holy Days on which work is not permitted.
Little is known of The Báb’s early life beyond that he was born Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad on 20 October 1819 in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran). Son to two descendants of the Prophet Muhammad – a mercer and his wife -The Báb lost his father when very young and care of him was transferred to his uncle. In recent years, the administrative head of the Bahá’í faith has issued instructions for Bahá’í communities to rely on the Badi calendar for the dates of all Bahá’í Holy Days. As a result, the Birth of The Báb and the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh are celebrated on two consecutive dates between mid-October and mid-November.
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