On 29-30 October, 2019, in countless settings and places throughout the world, people will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Báb (Prophet-Herald of the Bahá’í Faith}. This is the second Bicentenary celebration in the course of two years.
In 2017, millions of people worldwide celebrated the 200th Anniversary of Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. This year, people will observe the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb, whose revitalizing message prepared the way for Bahá’u’lláh, Whose teachings would initiate an age of unity, peace, and justice.
For this reason, both the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh are revered as Central Figures of the Bahá’í Faith.
The Birthdays of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh occur back-to-back on the Bahá’í Calendar and are referred to as the "Twin Birthdays". In the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Bahá’u’lláh wrote that His Birthday and that of the Báb "are counted as one in the sight of God".
The notion of Twin Manifestations of God is a concept fundamental to Bahá’í belief describing the relationship between the
Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. Both are considered Manifestations of God in their own right having each founded separate religions (Bábism and the Bahá’í Faith) and revealed their own Holy Scriptures.
To the Bahá’ís, however, the Missions of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh are inextricably linked.
The Báb (1819-1850) is the Prophet and Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. He announced, in 1844, that He was the Bearer of a Message destined to transform humanity’s spiritual life.
The teachings of these two Divine Educators is transforming the lives of families, neighborhoods, and communities around the world. Their vision of the oneness of humanity contains lessons that counter the racial prejudice and materialism corroding the society of the world.
The 2019 Bicentenary is not a single event, but rather, a highlight in an ongoing series of community-building activities, generated at the grassroots level all around the world.
Activities that reinforce Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of the oneness of humanity and empowers people of every background to participate.
Most Bahá’í community activities - Devotional gatherings, Study Circles, activities for children and Junior Youths - are open to all and take place in homes and Community Centres across the World.