Fasting in the Baha'i Tradition

February 25, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

On February 25, 2003 Beliefnet printed an editorial by Sherna Hough Deamer, stating that "it’s hard to believe that I’ve come to love the Fast. In the Bahá’í calendar, the 19-day month of fasting comes between the hospitality of the Intercalary Days (February 26 to March 1) and the joy of New Year (March 21), and I find that I look forward to that sweet time. It’s a month of constant awareness of God and our reliance on Him... Also, over time, I have learned that there are very simple physical things I can do that make fasting a whole lot easier. I don’t know why there aren’t more “guides to spiritual fasting," as people of virtually every religious tradition abstain from food and drink sometime during each year. Christians have Lent, Jews have Yom Kippur, Muslims have Ramadan."