Why Nineteen Months?

The Site:

Nineteen Months values photography and writing that draws its inspiration from the Baha’i calendar. Our artistic images and practical ideas for living a Baha’i life come from a far-flung group of contributors, with different viewpoints and aptitudes. If you’re interested in collaborating with us, get in touch using the contact form below.

Inspired by an annual month-long project called Nineteen Days, this site was founded in 2010 as a photography blog with images that reflect the essence of the name of each Baha’i month. Nineteen Months has grown since its inception to include articles on a variety of issues that Baha’is confront throughout the year.

The Calendar:

Also called the Badi‘ calendar, the Baha’i calendar has 19 months with 19 days each. The months are named after the attributes of God, as are the days of the week. There are a few days in the calendar that fall outside the months, called Ayyam-i-ha.

Feast Days 2017-2018
Bahá (Splendour): 20 March, 2017
Jalál (Glory): 8 April, 2017
Jamál (Beauty): 27 April, 2017
Azamat (Grandeur): 16 May, 2017
Nur (Light): 4 June, 2017
Raḥmat (Mercy): 23 June, 2017
Kalimát (Words): 12 July, 2017
Kamál (Perfection): 31 July, 2017
Asmá’ (Names): 19 August, 2017
Izzat (Might): 7 September, 2017
Mashíyyat (Will): 26 September, 2017
Ilm (Knowledge): 15 October, 2017
Qudrat (Power): 3 November, 2017
Qawl (Speech): 22 November, 2017
Masá’il (Questions): 11 December, 2017
Sharaf (Honour): 30 December, 2017
Sulṭán (Sovereignty): 18 January 2018
Mulk (Dominion): 6 February, 2018
Alá’ (Loftiness): 1 March, 2018

The Baha’i calendar includes 11 holy days, most of which are related to the lives of the Central Figures of the religion, the Bab, Baha’u’llah, and ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Other notable times are the month of fasting, and Ayyam-i-Ha.

Holy Days 2017-2018
March 20 – Naw-Rúz (New Year)
April 20 – First Day of Ridván
April 28 – Ninth Day of Ridván
May 1 – Twelfth Day of Ridván
May 23 – Declaration of the Báb
May 28 – Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh
July 9 – Martyrdom of the Báb
October 21 – Birth of the Báb
October 22 – Birth of Bahá’u’lláh
November 25 – Day of the Covenant
November 27 – Ascension of ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá
February 25 to March 1 – Ayyám-i-Há
March 2 to March 20 – Month of Fasting


The views expressed at Nineteen Months belong to our contributors and are personal reflections of faith.

To form your own understanding of the Baha’i Faith, always refer to the Baha’i holy writings. Also, check out an authoritative Baha’i website such as:


Want to submit to Nineteen Months?

We look for photographers who shoot with a DLSR camera and who are able to contribute photography each Baha’i month. We also consider writers who can write compelling content on practical issues. If you’d like to be considered, send us a note and a link to your work samples.

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