Baha’i community in Abbotsford celebrates Ridvan

A special event, open to the public, takes place Saturday, May 2

The Baha’i community in Abbotsford holds a celebration on Saturday, May 2 of its most important festival – the 12-day festival of Ridvan – and the public is invited.

The celebration begins at 7 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd.

The theme is “Spiritual Springtime,” and the program includes music, theatre-reading, a talk on the deeper implications of Baha’u’llah’s guidance for humanity, refreshments and socializing.

Ridvan is also the period when Baha’is elect their local and national governing councils, called “spiritual assemblies.”

There are no nominations and voters consider qualifications of service to the greater community in determining those they choose to elect by secret ballot.

“Ridvan” means “paradise,” and the festival celebrates humanity’s progress toward world unity.

The 12 days of Ridvan run from April 21 to May 2.

For more information about the Baha’i faith and its local activities, call 604-870-0919 or visit