Shoghi Effendi : Baha’is should discontinue observing holidays as Christmas and New Years

A worker puts the finishing touches on a display of a Christmas tree, a crescent, and a menorah at the main traffic circle in front of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa for the Festival of Festivals, December 2014. (photo credit: Melanie Lidman/Times of Israel)

Although Shoghi Effendi Said :
“As regards the celebration of the Christian Holiday by the believers; it is surely preferable and even highly advisable that the friends should in their relation to each other discontinue observing such holidays as Christmas and New Years, and to have their festival gatherings of this nature instead during the Intercalary Days and Naw-Rúz….”  

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/se/DG/dg-98.htm

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9 thoughts on “Shoghi Effendi : Baha’is should discontinue observing holidays as Christmas and New Years

  1. Looks like Baha'is aren't following their Guardian's instructions. As I see it, one problem with Baha'i is that there are too many instructions.

    The huge collection of Baha'i literature reminds me of our USA law books… that are so complex and numerous that one needs an attorney to help with a court case… and really, most attorneys don't know most of the laws – they just know how to do legal research.

    Baha'i books have proliferated, and we in the USA still don't have but a few of the 20,000+ counted writings of Baha'u'llah… most are still hidden from those of us who don't read Farsi or Arabic.

    The UHJ adds to this over-sized stockpile 'infallible' Baha'i literature year after year.

    With all the numerous instructions left by the central figures of Baha'i, it is not surprising that the world center forgot about this one.

    Good catch…

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  2. Additionally, we have the following Orders:

    The Baha’is should give up the celebrating of Christian Holy Days such as Christmas. The same applies to Baha’is of Jewish extraction etc….

    (From a letter dated 29 November 2002, written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer)

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  3. Too bad you did not read the entire article or the entire quote. Bahais preferably do not celebrate Christmas IN RELATION WITH EACH OTHER. This was a city-wide festival celebrating the religious diversity, not a specific Christmas event. Such selective quoting is a common technique used by those who only want to prove their preconceived ideas, not by those seeking out the full truth.

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  4. So what….Is this what you call as “unity of Religions” and “unity of Manifestations”!? Did you read the comment posted by Jimmy Cardent?

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  5. ” Baha’is themselves should not be putting up Christmas trees, exchanging gifts, etc.”

    (From a letter dated 29 November 2002, written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer)

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  6. Baha'i is a cult. See what Shoghi Effendi has to say :

    “However, this (Celebrating Christmas) is not a thing for the Spiritual Assemblies to enforce NOW…” (Letter dated 15 August 1957 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual)

    Does this mean that in the future there will a law formulated by the UHJ? And those Baha'is celebrating Christmas will have to face sanctions!?
    There is too much control in Bahaism and this makes it a cult. Sorry Bahais.

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