Thursday, October 04, 2007

On "Back to the 90's" for Baha'is: Looking Back, Moving Forward

In a blog post that reflects on the fashions and music of the 90's, Perfectnika remembers also the Baha'i World Congress of 1992, for Baha'is one of the most important events of that decade. -gw

"In November 1992, more than 27,000 Bahá’ís from some 170 countries assembled in New York City for the Second Bahá’í World Congress, which commemorated the centennial of Bahá’u’lláh’s passing."
Photographer: Paul Saughter
Location: New York, United States

Baha'i Media Bank
The 90s are about what Baha’is call the Holy Year of the Baha’i Faith, 1992, 100 years after the passing of its Prophet-Founder, Baha’u’llah. It was such an important year. In fact, that year, I attended the 2nd ever Baha’i World Congress. It was held in the New York City Jacob Jovitz center. Thirty-five thousand people from every nation of the earth attended that gathering. It was the hugest family-reunion known to New York City. Every down town hotel was packed with folks who were hugging each other and saying “Allah’u’abha” – the hotel staff began to think this was our special greeting. During the Congress’ Parade of the Nations, practically every nation of the world was represented in their own cultural costumes. At the end of the parade, they were all in tears, as was every attendee of the Congress – for this was the first time that world unity was made apparent before our eyes.

"The 90’s are back," Perfectnika's Weblog

{"Back to the 90's" image: Uploaded on June 27, 2007 by -orion- on flickr,

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