Tonight's Ayyám-í-Há Party was held at the Hinsdale Community Center and was well attended with over 200 people present. Though the evening was cold, the fellowship made the for a warm and friendly atmosphere.
The festivities started off with a potluck dinner but there was no luck involved as the food was varied and delicious. There were many varieties of persian rice, fried chicken, salads, pizza, meatballs, vegetarian and many other varieties for one's pallet to try out.
After dinner there was a program with prayers and devotions and a short talk about the significance of Ayyám-í-Há.
Ayyám-í-Há: Days Outside of Time
The Ayyám-í-Há holiday begins each year on the evening of February 25th and ends sunset on March 1st. On this period Bahá'u'lláh writes: "It behoveth the peoples of Bahá, throughout these days, to provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His name... These days of giving that precede the season of restraint let them enter upon the Fast."
"The Baha'i calendar of nineteen months of nineteen days has four days added (five in leap year) to equal the solar year. These extra days stand apart and are not "bounded by the limits of the year and months..." just as the infinite reality of the divine Essence of God is unbound and cannot be captured or comprehended within the cycle of time or any other measurement. Thus Ayyám-í-Há (Days of Divine Essence) can be thought of as days outside of time, days the symbolize eternity, infinity, and the unknowable Essence of God Himself. Contimplation during these days of timeless mystery of the Essence of God provides the "joy and exultation" with which to sing His Praise and Magnify His Name." Our generosity during these days helps us to reflect in some small way the infinite and ever-flowing river of God's gift to His creation.
Text by Karla Jamir
Following devotions there was a performance by the Children's Drum group which featured drumming and dance and afterwords was followed by a raffle. After the program there was a break for dessert and then the evening was finished with a DJ providing music for dancing.
Tonight's event was sponsored by the Bahá'is of Burr Ridge, Darien and Hinsdale. It was a wonderful party and evening and as I was leaving I heard the committee has already reserved the Hinsdale Community Center for next year's Ayyám-í-Há Party.
Persian Dancing at the 19th Annual Ayyám-í-Há Party in Hinsdale