Jamaicans Celebrate Annual Baha'i Day

August 11, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service


On August 11, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "When the Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Howard Cooke, proclaimed a National Baha'i Day for this tropical Caribbean island nation three years ago, Baha'is here had no idea it would become an annual event. Established in 2003 as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Faith in Jamaica, Baha'is discovered in 2004 that once a proclamation has been made, it becomes a permanent feature of the island. 'Thus, we began to have observations for "Baha'i Day" on July 25 each year,' said Linda Roche, secretary of the Baha'i community of Jamaica. The event has become a celebration not only for the 21 local Baha'i communities on the island, but they have been joined by other religious leaders and Jamaican politicians. This year the Baha'i Day events included a Baha'i Day Breakfast sponsored by the National Spiritual Assembly. It was attended by representatives of the various religions from the Interfaith Council, including Moslems, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus, as well as the Mayor of Kingston and the media."