Those of us who have become Baha'is as adults often compare our daily lives before and after we joined the Baha'i community.

Since the Baha'i Faith places great value on family life, career and community service, many aspects of our outward lives are similar to what we were doing before.
We keep up with friends and family, and continue our professional, sporting, social and cultural activities.
Usually, the big change has come with our inner lives.  We experience a new vitality and happiness, a new sense of purpose, and an enhanced ability to make sense of the world and to view the future with optimism.
By following the Baha'i moral code we find our relationships often improve.
As Baha’is we discover the joy of spending time as part of our daily routine in prayer, meditation and reading the Baha'i sacred writings. It is up to us how long we spend in these uplifting activities and there is no ritual.
Being part of the Baha'i community provides us with opportunities to meet and develop friendships with people from many different backgrounds.
Building and maintaining unity is very important to Baha’is. We strive to bring our lives in line with our belief in the oneness of humanity and to apply that in our families, our neighbourhoods, our workplaces, our communities, our nation and our world.

The Feast

Every 19 days Baha’is across Australia get together in our local area for an event called the "Nineteen Day Feast," or simply "the Feast."
It is the centrepiece of Baha'i community life.
The word "Feast" doesn't refer to food but rather to a spiritual feast of worship, companionship and unity.
The Feast is held on the first day of each Baha'i month, usually in a Baha'i centre, a community hall, or in a private home, depending on the number of local Baha'is.
Baha'i adults, youth and children are encouraged to attend. The Feast always contains three elements: spiritual devotions, community consultation, and social fellowship.
It is up to the members of the local community how they adapt these elements. The aim is to make the event vibrant, uplifting and joyful.

Holy days

We commemorate 11 Baha'i holy days each year. These occasions are usually marked with community gatherings for prayer, reflection and fellowship. 
There are 9 Holy Days on which Baha'is are suspended from working. These days are:
20 March 2016: Naw Ruz, the Baha'i New Year
20 April 2016: First Day of Ridvan, marking Baha’u’llah’s declaration of His mission as a Messenger of God. This is the most important holy day and is the start of the twelve-day Festival of Ridvan ("Paradise")
28 April 2016: Ninth Day of Ridvan
1 May 2016: Twelfth Day of Ridvan
23 May 2016: Declaration of the Bab, marking the anniversary of the Bab's announcement of His mission in 1844.
28 May 2016: Ascension of Baha'u'llah, marking the passing of Baha'u'llah in 1892
9 July 2016: Martyrdom of the Bab, Who was executed in 1850
1 November 2016: Birth of the Bab
2 November 2016: Birth of Baha'u'llah

The Holy days on which Baha'is do not suspend work are:
25 November 2016: Day of the Covenant, commemorating Baha'u'llah's appointment of His son, Abdu’l-Baha, as the One to whom His followers should turn after His passing
27 November 2016: Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha, marking the passing of Abdu'l-Baha in 1921

Other special days
25-28 February 2017: Ayyam-i-Ha (also known as the Intercalary Days): a period of celebration devoted to charity, gift-giving and festivities prior to the annual fasting period.
1-19 March 2017: Fasting month, during which Baha'is from the age of 15 years abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. There are exemptions for those are ill, elderly, travelling and so on.

Fariborz Rameshfar is a Baha'i living in Atherton, North Queensland. Read more about his story