The Festivals of the Twin Birthdays or the Twin Holy Birthdays refers to two successive holy days in the Bahá’í calendar that celebrate the births of two central figures of the Bahá’í Faith. The two holy days are the birth of the Báb on the first day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar (20 October 1819) and the birth of Bahá’u’lláh on the second day of Muharram (two years prior, on 12 November 1817).
The celebrations of the Twin Holy Birthdays are the only Baha’i holy days in the non-Middle Eastern countries that are celebrated according to a lunar calendar. They are observed on the first and the second day following the occurrence of the eighth new moon after Naw-Rúz, as determined in advance by astronomical tables using Tehran (the birthplace of Bahá’u’lláh ) as the point of reference. This results in the observance of the Twin Birthdays moving, year to year, from mid-October to mid-November on the Gregorian calendar.
2018 event falls on the 9-10 November and Nigerian Baha’is joined their counterparts all over the world to celebrate the occasion.
Delivering the Birthday lecture, an adherent of the faith Compol Lawrence Alobi (rtd) took time to explain the essence of the event and the Baha’i Faith. He pointed out that all religion came from the east. He explained that the Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel is where the remains of Bab and Baha’u’llah were buried and that it is a place of pilgrimage for Baha’i adherents.
He explained that as a unique religion, the Baha’i Faith has a lot of things that stands it out from other religions. He mentioned some of them; the faith has programmes for everybody – the adult, the youth and children; the Faith has prayer for all occasion.
Some of the principles of the faith he explained are; the oneness of mankind; the essential harmony of science and religion; equality of men and women etc.
Commenting of the significance of the event to mankind, he said that it makes them conscious of leaders should be living exemplary lives by serving their subjects with humility. He said that families should pray and worship together and that children should learn to work hard.