Source: The Independent
It's the dawn of a new year for members of the BahÃ¡'Ã faith, of which there are reputed to be 5 million across the globe.
The first day of the BahÃ¡'Ã calendar was March 21. Monmouth County BahÃ¡'Ãs, like their fellow BahÃ¡'Ãs in other countries, broke their 19-day fast on that day. The BahÃ¡'Ã new year, known as Naw-Ruz, is meant to coincide with the beginning of spring.
On March 24, the BahÃ¡'Ãs celebrated the new year at Camp Sacajawea Girl Scout Activity Center in Howell with a home-cooked dinner and children's entertainment.
Red Bank residents Patty and Jim Whyte are both BahÃ¡'Ãs who met at a BahÃ¡'Ã event in 1977.
"He was just investigating the BahÃ¡'Ã faith at the time. Curiously, he had taken out some books at his college library. Actually, he took out all of the books, read them all and decided he was already a BahÃ¡'Ã in his heart. Then he came and found the BahÃ¡'Ã community," she said.