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“Light of Unity”: A Bicentennial Celebration

800 people gathered at the School of the Nations to celebrate the Bicentennial of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

The Bicentennial celebration of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh was a true demonstration of unity. On October 21, eight-hundred people attended the open celebration at our School. Students, parents, teachers, and guests experienced a multicultural arrangement of activities: our Children’s Choir, theatrical pieces, dance, food, and the uplifting opportunity to better understand our School’s values.

Inspired by the theme “Light of Unity,” the ceremony depicted different cultural values and beliefs, the oneness of humankind, and unity in diversity.

The event was an opportune response to a movement in our community to seek a deeper understanding of Bahá’í principles. The life and Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh were shared throughout the celebration. Our Moral Education and Global Citizenship Coordinator, Neryangela Samoori, explains more about the celebration.

“The Bicentennial celebration, at first, was going to be a small event for the Bahá’í community. But our School, being a Bahá’í-inspired institution, saw the Bicentennial as an opportune time to open its doors to parents, teachers, and students to deepen their familiarity with the Faith; to learn more about Bahá’u’lláh and His Teachings.”

Students at School of the Nations learn the values of the Bahá’í Faith. “Equality of men and women, oneness of God, oneness of religion, the importance of improving spiritual and material bonds among men... We want people to do good, no matter their beliefs or religious background,” Neryangela shared.

Brazilian Congress Holds Special Session in Tribute to the Bicentennial of Bahá’u’lláh

The Brazilian Congress held a special session honoring the Bicentennial of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh. Ten members of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, representing eight political parties, and three-hundred-fifty guests gathered for the occasion. Also present were representatives of two major Brazilian indigenous groups who came to honor the 200th anniversary of Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

This was not the first time the Bahá’í Faith was recognized by Brazil’s highest legislative body. In 1992, a special session was held to pay tribute to Bahá’u’lláh on the centenary of His ascension.

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