Birth of the Bab

Bab, Birth of the

October 20
Birth of the Bab is a holy day in the Baha'i religion to celebrate the birthday in 1819 of Mirza Ali Mohammad in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran). In 1844, Mirza Ali declared himself the Bab (meaning "gate") and foretold the coming of one greater than he. The day, on which work is suspended, is a happy social occasion for Baha'is.
See also Bab, Declaration of theand Bab, Martyrdom of the
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SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 175
ConEncyBahai-2000, p. 55
DictWrldRel-1989, p. 86, 87
RelHolCal-2004, p. 156