On 29th and 30th October 2019, in countless settings and places throughout the world, people will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab, whose revitalising message prepared the way for the coming of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Both the Bab and Baha’u’llah describe the human race as standing now on the brink of its collective maturity. In that sense humankind must pass through a gateway as it takes up the responsibilities of maturity.

The Bab was the “door” through which humanity was prepared for the coming of an age of transformation. It implies an organic change in the very structure of society and in the relationships that sustains it. To see ourselves as members of one family, to end estrangement and prejudice and to come together. To be protagonists in shaping our future and ultimately a just and peaceful civilisation.

Countless artistic expressions have been created by individuals and communities around the world for the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of the Bab. A few examples are:

Dawn of the Light   a film which will be shown in one of the events, portrays several individuals from different continents as they relate their own personal search after truth and meaning. They share their discovery that God has sent two Divine Manifestations—the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh—whose teachings are revolutionising human thought and behaviour, changing darkness into light. The film shows glimpses of how this same discovery is inspiring the efforts of many across the globe to serve humanity and to contribute to building a new pattern of life.

A slideshow on YouTube of beautiful graphics celebrating the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Báb by Joe Paczkowski www.joepaczk.com

The Irish Bahá'í community has produced 19 short videos. #bicentenary2019 #twinbirthdays #BahaisofIreland. Hopefully we can show these at other occasions.

Close to the Bicentenary and on the day, there will be thousands of broadcasts similar to the celebrations that marked the Bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah in 2017, a glimpse of which can be seen on YouTube ‘Global Bicentenary Celebrations and Music for Birth of Baha'u'llah’.

To celebrate the Bicentenary birth of the Bab on Lewis we have invited special guest, Gaelic musician & singer Christina St. Clare.  She is originally from Isle of Barra, studied Celtic Studies at Edinburgh University.  This will be the only bicentenary celebration round the world with Scottish Gaelic songs and music.

There are two events planned:

A families’ day on Sunday 27th October at 2-6pm in the Fàilte Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway, free and open to all.

On Monday 28th October 7-9pm, we’ll have a befitting devotional as well as showing of the film Dawn of the Light, at the Fàilte Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway, free and open to all.