THE BA’HAI



The BAHA’I FAITH - OUTDOOR WEDDINGS


The Baha’i Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its founder, Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), is regarded by Baha’is as the most recent in the line of messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. 

The central theme of Baha’u’llah’s message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society. God, Bahá'u'lláh said, has set in motion historical forces that are breaking down traditional barriers of race, class, creed, and nation and that will, in time, give birth to a universal civilization.

The principal challenge facing the peoples of the earth is to accept the fact of their oneness and to assist the processes of unification.

One of the purposes of the Baha’i Faith is to help make this possible. A worldwide community of some five million Baha’i’s, representative of most of the nations, races and cultures on earth, is working to give Baha’u’llahs’ teachings practical effect.

Their experience will be a source of encouragement to all who share their vision of humanity as one global family and the earth as one homeland.

Bahá’u'lláh prohibited a mendicant and ascetic lifestyle.  Monasticism is forbidden, and Bahá’ís are taught to practice spirituality while engaging in useful work.  

 The importance of self-exertion and service to humanity in one’s spiritual life is emphasized further in Bahá'u'lláh's writings, where he states that work done in the spirit of service to humanity enjoys a rank equal to that of prayer and worship in the sight of God.

 

BASIC TEACHINGS OF BAHÁ’U'LLÁH

Bahá'u'lláh taught that there is one God whose successive revelations of His will to humanity have been the chief civilizing force in history.

The agents of this process have been the Divine Messengers whom people have seen chiefly as the founders of separate religious systems but whose common purpose has been to bring humans to spiritual and moral maturity.

Humanity is now coming of age. It is this that makes possible the unification of the human family and the building of a peaceful, global society.

Among the principles which the Baha’i Faith promotes as vital to the achievement of this goal are as follows:  

The abandonment of all forms of prejudice

Assurance to women of full equality of opportunity with men

Recognition of the unity and relativity of religious truth

The elimination of extremes of poverty and wealth

The realization of universal education

The responsibility of each person to independently search for truth

The establishment of a global commonwealth of nations

Bha’i marriage is union and cordial affection between two parties. They must, however, exercise the utmost care and become acquainted with each other’s character. This eternal bond should be to foster harmony, fellowship and unity and to attain everlasting life.

 

BAHA'I HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS 
There are nine annual Bahá'í holy days plus an annual fast. With the exception of New Year, Bahá'í holidays commemorate major events in the lives of the founders of the Bahá'í Faith. On holy days, Bahá'ís do not work and this is considered a sacrifice. (Also see Bahai beliefs) Two further special days are celebrated, but they are not considered holy days in that work is not suspended. These are both associated with  Abdul ahá, Bahá’u'lláh's eldest son and appointed successor. They are not celebrated as holy days because he held himself to be nothing more than his Father’s servant, and would never have agreed to anything that put him on an equal footing with Bahá'u'lláh.   The Bahá'í holidays and special days are as follows:

  • March 2-21 - Nineteen Day Fast
  • March 21 - Bahá'í New Year
  • April 21 - First Day of the Ridván Festival
  • April 29 - Ninth Day of the Ridván Festival
  • May 2 - Twelfth Day of the Ridván Festival
  • May 23 - Declaration of the Báb
  • May 29 - Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh
  • July 9 - Martyrdom of the Báb
  • October 20 - Birth of the Báb
  • November 12 - Birth of Bahá'u'lláh
  • November 26 - Day of the Covenant (work not suspended)
  • November 28 - Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá (work not suspended)

FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER RULES:
 The Baha’i House of Worship is reserved for private prayer and meditation, or for public services of worship. Weddings may not be held within the House of Worship itself.  

However, weddings may be conducted outdoors in the Temple grounds, with bridal couples often arranging to say prayers in the Temple either before or after their wedding ceremony. 

Weddings held in the grounds must be Baha’i weddings, whether the bridal couple are Baha’i. The marriage must be celebrated by a legally authorized Baha’i marriage celebrant.

Learn the words flash fill, and daylight white balance. You will be shooting lots of white clothing in broad daylight. 

You will most likely find it very serene and generally I should watch myself or I will fall asleep at them, the softness, ease, spirituality, the gardens and a warm, serene divineness.  It’s nice... they are kind giving people.