Naw-Ruz & the Fast – 1 day earlier this year!

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6825162076_c7c0af0710_zIn 2014 the Universal House of Justice informed the Baha’is around the world that they would be fully adopting the Badí‘ calendar in 2015. It has been an adjustment for many communities to learn the new calendar and understand how the commemoration of certain Holy Days are calculated.

This year, there are a few changes that the Nineteen Months team thought would be helpful for the friends to have as a reference. Specific times will vary depending on your location.

1. Ayyám-i-Há is from Friday, February 26-Monday, February 29.
2. The first day of the Fast is Tuesday, March 1 and the last day of the Fast is Saturday, March 19. 
3. Naw-Rúz falls on Sunday, March 20. As with all Baha’i Holy Days, the “day” actually starts at sunset the night before, so sunset on Saturday, March 19 is the official start of Naw-Rúz.

“The adoption of a new calendar in each dispensation is a symbol of the power of Divine Revelation to reshape human perception of material, social, and spiritual reality. Through it, sacred moments are distinguished, humanity’s place in time and space reimagined, and the rhythm of life recast. Next Naw-Rúz will mark yet another historic step in the manifestation of the unity of the people of Bahá and the unfoldment of Bahá’u’lláh’s World Order.”
-The Universal House of Justice, 10 July 2014

Sholeh is a founder and Photography Editor of Nineteen Months and takes photos with a Sony A6000. As a child, she was a master fort builder and mud pie baker. Now she reads books, cooks, and organizes everything. You’ve probably met her at a conference somewhere. She is a certified meeting planner. She lives in Chicago with her husband, works as an event manager, and blogs.


  1. Ellen

    24 February, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you for this helpful post!

  2. James

    27 February, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    “Adjustment” is right. After having celebrated those two periods consistently for 45 years, making this old dog change his ways is TOUGH! But I have implicit trust in our Supreme Institution and will struggle with it, as I am sure thousands of others will, too.