Bahá’ís to celebrate 200th anniversary

COUNTY — Bahá’ís of Pickens County and Upstate South Carolina will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, the Prophet and herald of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, from Oct. 26-30.

In honoring the spirit of the occasion, local Bahá’ís have been increasing their personal visits to share prayers with friends. Other activities for the celebration in Pickens County have included luncheon programs in July and September and will include a dinner program on Monday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. For details, the public may call (864) 855-2072.

Inspired by the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith, millions of people worldwide celebrated the 200th anniversary of His birth in October 2017. Now, in October 2019, people will celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, whose revitalizing message prepared the way for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh.

The Báb (1819-1850) announced, in the middle of the mid-1800s, that He was the bearer of a message destined to transform humanity’s spiritual life.

This two-year bicentenary period provides a vision of the oneness of humanity as an antidote to the racial prejudice and materialism that are corroding American society.

“Now, more than ever, we need positive models of social change that bring people together rather than divide them,” said Easley resident Anisa Young, a senior at Clemson University. “This is what we will be celebrating in the months leading up to and following the Báb’s birth in October.”

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