Baha’is of the Tampa Bay area invite the public to help mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Báb, (https://www.bahai.org/the-bab/) by holding free celebrations in homes and centers of faith throughout the community. Additional celebrations will be held to celebrate the birth of the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh (https://www.bahai.org/bahaullah/.) 

These celebrations are meant to reinforce the vision of both the Báb (the forerunner of the Bahá’í Faith) and that of the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh,of the oneness of humanity.

Among the events to be held throughout the Tampa Bay area, are these below, which the public welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Sunday, Oct. 20

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.: A Child-Centric Celebration: film, dinner and activities for children. Seven Oaks Clubhouse at 2910 Sports Core Circle Tampa, 33544. Contact: Vahid Smith at [email protected]

Saturday, Oct. 26

3 p.m.: Film Dawn of the Light, followed by Q&A session and light refreshments. Contact: Monique Stevens [email protected].

6 p.m.: Meeting of the Minds, dinner, talk and Q&A. Bahá’í Faith Worship and Community Center at 3112 Nundy Rd., Tampa, 33618. Contact: 813.963.0080.

Sunday, Oct. 27

1:30 p.m.: Film Dawn of the Light at Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico 33596. Contact: Pauline Vaas at [email protected]

4:30 p.m. – Live musical performance by Tony Ballard at Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico 33596. Contact: Pauline Vaas at [email protected]. Monday, Oct. 28

7 to 9 p.m.: Bicentennary of the Birth of the Bab – Herald of a New Era for Humanity at Winter Haven Gardens Inn, 1150 3rd St., Winter Haven, 33880. Contact: James Sacco, 863.438.7152.

6 p.m.: Bicentennary of the Birth of the Bab – Dinner and Musical Program at Bahá’í Faith Worship and Community Center at 3112 Nundy Rd., Tampa, 33618. Contact: 813.963.0080.

6:30 p.m.: Bicentennary of the Birth of the Bab – Dinner, Music and a Play at Clearwater Bahá’í Center, 2898 Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Clearwater 33759. Contact: Beverly Azizi, 727.641.2623.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 

6:30 p.m.: Birth of Baha’u’llah Celebration – Dinner, Music and a Play at Clearwater Bahá’í Center, 2898 Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Clearwater 33759. Contact: Beverly Azizi, 727.641.2623.

7 p.m. – Birth of Baha’u’llah Celebration with program and potluck dessert at Bahá’í Faith Worship and Community Center at 3112 Nundy Rd., Tampa, 33618. Contact: 813.963.0080.

Sunday, Nov. 3

2 p.m. – Film The Gate, Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith at Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico 33596. Contact: Pauline Vaas at [email protected].

All activities are free and open to the public. 

The teachings of the Báb (1820-1805) and Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892) have spread around the world, forming the basis for a process of social transformation and community building which is unique in its global scope and the diversity of participants.

A few of the teachings include the oneness of humanity, elimination of prejudice, the independent investigation of truth, equality between men and women, the agreement between religion and science, and that there is only one God who created all of the major religions. More information about the Baha’i Faith is available at www.Bahai.org.