Arise, and proclaim unto the entire creation the tidings that He Who is the All-Merciful hath directed His steps towards the Ridvan and entered it. Guide, then, the people unto the garden of delight which God hath made the Throne of His Paradise. We have chosen thee to be our most mighty Trumpet, whose blast is to signalize the resurrection of all mankind.
– Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 31
The Festival of Ridvan lasts for 12 days, and is a wonderful time in the Baha’i community. There are 3 holy days (1st, 9th, and 12th days), there are the elections of the Local and National Spiritual Assemblies, and every 5 years the election of the Universal House of Justice occurs at Ridvan. It is hard to believe that 2 years ago at this time I was in Haifa, preparing for the 10th International Convention. This year, I am preparing for the National Convention in Wilmette for the election of the National Spiritual Assembly, which will happen next week. I wander the gardens of the House of Worship (where the tulips are blooming!), instead of the gardens of the Shrines in Israel.
Have a joyous Ridvan!