Local Baha’i assembly marks 200th anniversary of its founder

BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Baha'is are joining with Baha'is around the world this month to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab.

In the Baha'i faith, the Bab's mission was to prepare the way for Baha'u'llah, the prophet founder of the Baha'i faith. The local bicentenary celebration will be held at the Brooks Memorial Library second floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Dawn of the Light, a film featuring stories of people around the world “who find inspiration and guidance for nurturing vibrant communities in today's chaotic and divided world” will be shown at 3:30 p.m., according to a news release.

The Bab is a title meaning “The Gate,” an image that, for Baha'is, describes the emergence of the world's religions from the time of Adam to the appearance of a new era of divine guidance.

Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, “The Bab,” was born in the city of Shiraz in Persia in 1819. His teachings initiated a new religion. As a result, thousands of The Bab's followers endured torture and death. Eventually, The Bab was executed.

According to the Baha'i faith, the miraculous circumstances of The Bab's execution were witnessed by foreign dignitaries, including a Western physician.

This program, in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Bab, is sponsored by the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Brattleboro. All are invited to attend. A celebration of the Birthday of Baha'u'llah, Prophet Founder of the Baha'i Faith, will follow on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

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