Welcome to the Bahá'í Community of Brockville, Ontario, Canada.
Baha’is from all over the world celebrate Naw-Rúz, the beginning of the New Year. Naw-Rúz, which means “New Day” is held at the vernal equinox, on the first day of spring. It is a time of joy and celebration, of change and hope, when the darkness of winter coming to an end and the light, warmth and the beauty of spring’s flowers reappear.
However, for Baha’is, Naw-Rúz also has deep spiritual significance. It marks the end of the 19-day Baha’i Fast, which is a period of prayer, meditation, and spiritual rejuvenation.
Naw-Rúz is the first day of the first of 19 months in the Baha'i calendar, which was initiated by the Bab, the Forerunner of the Faith's Prophet-Founder, Baha'u'llah, who later confirmed it.
“At the time of the vernal equinox in the material world a wonderful vibrant energy and new life-quickening is observed everywhere in the vegetable kingdom; the animal and human kingdoms are resuscitated and move forward with a new impulse. The whole world is born anew, resurrected. Gentle zephyrs are set in motion, wafting and fragrant; flowers bloom; the trees are in blossom, the air temperate and delightful; how pleasant and beautiful become the mountains, fields and meadows. Likewise, the spiritual bounty and springtime of God quicken the world of humanity with a new animus and vivification.
All the virtues which have been deposited and potential in human hearts are being revealed from that Reality as flowers and blossoms from divine gardens. It is a day of joy, a time of happiness, a period of spiritual growth. I beg of God that this divine spiritual civilization may have the fullest impression and effect upon you. May you become as growing plants. May the trees of your hearts bring forth new leaves and variegated blossoms. May ideal fruits appear from them in order that the world of humanity, which has grown and developed in material civilization, may be quickened in the bringing forth of spiritual ideals.” Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace