At the center of Baha'i community life is the administrative institution of the "Nineteen Day Feast", established by the Bab, this monthly celebration combines a devotional gathering, an administrative meeting and a social gathering into one regular event. Providing critical communication and interaction between the local governing body and the community as well as serving as a regular time of spiritual renewal and fellowship. The Nineteen Day Feast is the center of Baha'i community life. Parallel to this is the 19-day fireside, a private gathering each believer has in his own home for friends and neighbors for the purpose of developing friendships and, if they are interested, introducing them to the Baha'i Faith. Aside from these two key activities, numerous administrative activities fill the calendar, from Local Spiritual Assembly meetings to Holy Day celebrations to children's classes and study groups. Most community activity will have an educational aspect as study and learning are at the center of the pattern of Baha'i life -- a pattern which consists of 1) Study of the Word of God, 2) Prayer, 3) Meditation on the Teachings and 4) Spiritual Action.
The Nineteen Day Feast serves as the cornerstone of Bahá’í community life, merging worship, consultation, and fellowship. Occurring monthly, it fosters communal bonds, spiritual rejuvenation, and dialogue between the governance and community members.
Bahá’í firesides are intimate gatherings in believers' homes fostering friendships and spiritual discussions, potentially introducing the Faith's principles to guests in a comfortable and personal setting, enhancing community cohesion and spiritual exploration.
Local Spiritual Assemblies guide the affairs of Bahá’í communities, providing a structure for decision-making, the coordination of community activities, and safeguarding individual rights in pursuit of unity and collective progress.
Bahá’í Holy Days are integral for communal worship and celebration, marking historical events of the Faith. They strengthen collective identity, provide moments of reflection, and honor pivotal figures and tenets central to the Bahá’í teachings.
Study circles facilitate collective learning through the systematic study of Bahá’í Writings, fostering personal growth and empowering participants to apply spiritual principles in service to their communities and the wider world.
Children’s classes in Bahá’í communities provide spiritual education, instill virtues, and encourage the development of noble characteristics from a young age, aiding in the formation of morally upright and service-oriented individuals.
Bahá’í consultation embraces collective wisdom, frank yet respectful dialogue, and detachment from personal agendas, aiming for unified decisions that advance community interests and uphold Bahá’í principles of justice and unity.
Prayer and devotion are foundational to Bahá’í community activities, fostering spiritual atmosphere and inspiration, guiding collective actions, and reinforcing reliance on divine assistance for community well-being and coherence.