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Sunrise to Naw-Rúz: Embracing the Bahá'í Fast and New Year

Annual period from March 2 to 20, when Bahá'ís fast from sunrise to sunset, engaging in spiritual reflection and preparation for the Bahá'í New Year, Naw-Rúz. Baha'i fasting is a time of spiritual renewal and meditation. The interpretive writings of Shoghi Effendi and Abdu'l-Baha provide a wealth of guidance on the spiritual significance of the fast. It is not dour time of mourning and self-denial but a celebration of the preeminence of the spirit over the mind and the mind over the body and God's will over all. It is, Shoghi Effendi explained, our greatest tool for the spiritual development of the soul. In the heavens of the religion of God, the sun is fasting and the moon, obligatory prayer.

What Is the Spiritual Purpose of the Bahá'í Fast?

Who Is Exempt from the Bahá'í Fast?

How Do Bahá'ís Observe the Fast?

What Significance Does Naw-Rúz Hold in the Bahá'í Faith?

How Is Naw-Rúz Celebrated by Bahá'ís?

Why Does the Bahá'í Fast Occur Before Naw-Rúz?

What Do Bahá'ís Meditate On During the Fast?

Can Children Participate in the Bahá'í Fast?