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Bahá’ís of

Northern Nevada celebrated the

Anniversaries of the

Birth of the Báb

and the

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

(the Twin Holy Birthdays)

October 21 and 22, 2017.

The following video presents an historical account of the Birth Days of the Twin Manifestations of God and the significance of their revelations.

Slide Photos by Nevada Methard


of the Báb Celebration

First to be observed was the 198th Anniversary of the Birth of the Báb at the Corbin Annex in Reno. More than forty Bahá’ís and their guests attended this special inter-community Holy Day.

Bahá’ís from Sparks, Reno, and Washoe County recited prayers and readings from the writings of the Báb. 

Slide Photos by Nevada Methard

Light of Unity Festival

A Program

honoring the

200th Anniversary

of the

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

On Sunday afternoon, October 22nd, over 150 Bahá’ís and guests joined in the celebration at the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center in Reno.


The program opened with Emcee, David Meares reciting a Unity Prayer revealed by Bahá’u’lláh. It featured Persian chanting and singing by Roya Galata, who was accompanied by guitarist, Navid Forootan. A Paiute Tribal prayer was recited by American Indian Spirituality Scholar, Brian Melendez. Innovations High School provided a sound engineer and a band quartet that performed a moving ballad in exchange for stage PA and sound system for the program. The McPhersons, a family vocal group sang a cappella arrangements and concluded the program leading the standing crowd in singing and clapping.


Former member of the Bahá’í National Spiritual Assembly, William E. Davis, was guest speaker. His career has covered 45 years working in the field of justice at the state, federal and international level. Mr. Davis shared Bahá’u’lláh’s life story and His acceptance of imprisonment and exile for 40 years to establish His mission of peace and tranquility for an ailing world. Click here for a transcript of Mr. Davis’ speech.


Donna Sosnowski provided activities for the children during the Speaker’s portion of the program. The activities were designed to inform them about the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.


After the program, attendees enjoyed refreshments and fellowship together. Marj Williams of Washoe County, member of the Planner’s Committee, was in charge of refreshments, which included beverages, sandwiches, eclairs, savory fruit kabobs, and cookies presented around a birthday cake centerpiece. The cake was baked and specially designed by the Atlantis Hotel catering. The delicious treats were served to guests by members of the Inter-Community Holy Day Committee and were totally consumed.

Aside from a book and information table, Proclamations were displayed from Nevada Governor Sandoval; from Reno Mayor, Shieve; Sparks Mayor, Martini; and Washoe County Commissioners commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

On behalf of the Bahá’ís of Northern Nevada, we extend a special thank you to all guests who attended and showed their friendship for the Bahá’í Faith.

The global Bahá'í community is composed of people from virtually every racial, ethnic and religious background. We invite you to the table of humanity where all are welcome. Come learn more about the Bahá'í Faith and benefit from the spiritual and practical insights found in the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh.

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Or See our Upcoming Events and Community Calendar to find an event to attend.

No donations are requested or accepted at any Bahá’í events.

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