This is the Baha’i new year (167 B.E.). I am feeling…settled, at peace. I seek out peaceful things, spaces, and sometimes people these days. Other times, I want to be surrounded by crowds.
The Naw-Ruz post for nineteen days is up: AMAZING photos. I am sad that the project is over, but so glad I had the opportunity to participate.
I spent the day cooking yesterday in preparation for the Naw-Ruz celebration in Chicago. I will make a blog post about that soon (with photos). I had an amazing dinner at The Sitdown (they have a gluten-free menu!!) with some lovely ladies, then went over to the Smart museum for the Chicago Baha’i community’s celebration. After the program of music and prayers, we wandered around the museum for a bit, then there was food and dancing. I think I danced TOO much. Exhausted today!
I attended the devotional (prayer) gathering at my friends’ house today, which was small and joyful event, and we laughed a lot. A nice, low-key day. I am looking forward to this next (Baha’i) year.
“Praised be Thou, O my God, that Thou hast ordained Naw-Rúz as a festival unto those who have observed the fast for love of Thee and abstained from all that is abhorrent unto Thee. Grant, O my Lord, that the fire of Thy love and the heat produced by the fast enjoined by Thee may inflame them in Thy Cause, and make them to be occupied with Thy praise and with remembrance of Thee.” -Baha’u’llah