The San Jose Baha’i community’s online celebration of the 12th Day of Ridvan was attended virtually by 25 households from around the area. With our computers, iPads and iPhones linked in a Zoom “room,” we were able to see and hear each other and offer thanks to God and greetings to each other.
We had a program of prayers, music—including a group sing, readings from the sacred texts, and a presentation on the historical context and meaning of Ridvan by Jim Andrews.
Jim reminded us that the Festival of Ridvan, celebration of the Revelation of Baha’u’llah, is the fulfillment of thousands of years of prophecy and human progress within the Divine Plan and asked us to ponder the significance of Baha’u’llah revealing His mission in a garden with all its symbology of growth and renewal. It brings to mind that, in scripture of past dispensations, the history of mankind is said to have begun in a garden.
We all look forward to the day when we will be able to meet together in person, but until then, we encourage the friends to join together online. It was a wonderful experience of community and unity.