Children Conduct Baha’i Service in Sydney on Universal Children’s Day

December 8, 2005

Source: Baha'i World News Service

On December 8, 2005 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "A devotional service conducted by children was held in the Baha'i House of Worship here to celebrate Universal Children's Day. The children, many of whom do not come from Baha'i families, read from the scriptures of the Baha'i Faith and other religions. An unaccompanied choir -- with members aged between five and twelve years old -- provided the music. All the children participating in the event regularly attend Baha'i classes conducted either in government schools or after school hours. About 6,000 primary school children in Australia are attending Baha'i classes in more than 300 state-run schools. Offered mainly to provide religious instruction to Baha'i children, the classes are also attracting many children from families who are not members of the Baha'i Faith. The annual service, now in its 16th year, was held on 23 October 2005. It attracted 800 people, who filled the Temple to capacity. Some traveled many kilometers for the occasion."