Baha’is will honor the unity of their faith tonight as they observe the Day of the Covenant. Unlike many other major faiths, Baha’is have only one sect - because one of their holiest figures, Baha’u’llah, created a covenant with his followers. In Washtenaw County, Baha’is will honor this covenant by gathering at the Baha’i Center of Washtenaw County at 7 p.m. for prayers, devotional music and refreshments. This program is open to the public.
As one of only two Baha’i holy days during which work is not suspended, the Day of the Covenant is observed as such primarily because one of its honorees, Baha’u’llah’s son, Abdu’l-Baha, requested it to be so. Although Abdu’l-Baha was born on May 23, 1844, he wished for Baha’is to honor his birthday on the Day of the Covenant, because May 23 should be dedicated solely to the day that the Bab declared his mission. Abdu’l-Baha continued on to say that Baha’is should continue to work on the Day of the Covenant.