China Watch Blog greets all Baha’is around the world with “Happy Fasting”, the fast which started on March 2 will be till March 20 – for a total of 19 days, which is one calendar month of the Baha’i calendar.
Fasting, which is from sunrise till sunset, means Baha’i have to totally abstain from food and drink, and during the fasting period, they are encouraged to pray (talk to God) and to meditate (listen to what God is saying to you).
During the fast, Baha’is have to control all negative emotions like not getting angry, raising their voices, and anything considered not pleasing to others – not something which is easy to do, but to put it this way, it is a good time to practise these virtues.
So, following the fasting month, God willing and hopefully, the indiviudal Baha’is remember to practise it throughout the whole year. So the next year’s fasting month, is somewhat like a refresher course, for practising these virtues.
Again, happy fasting to those Baha’is who are observing the fast.
Following the fasting month, the Baha’is will celebrate their new year called Nawruz, which starts after sunset on March 20 till March 21 evening. So Happy Nawruz to the friends who will celebrate Nawruz.