Our programs are open to the public, and are attended by people of all backgrounds, beliefs and faiths; of all races and cultures, without obligation. There are no fees, and no donations are solicited or accepted. You are welcome!
Devotional Gatherings in Oak Bay
Prayers and meditative readings. Contact us to join a devotional in Oak Bay.
Children's classes form continuously as needed. Contact us to learn more or enrol your children.
Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programs
There are several youth programs going on in the Greater Victoria region. Additional youth groups form continuously as needed.
Contact us to join or learn more.
Reflections on the Life of the Spirit is the first in a sequence of eight courses that teach skills for contributing to the betterment of society. This course lays the spiritual foundations for the others. It shows how to draw spiritual sustenance from a personal practice of daily prayer and meditation. It also explores the purpose of life, the journey the soul, and life after death. This study circle is forming continuously as needed. Contact us to enrol in the next one. This course is the prerequisite for the others in the series.
Click here to learn more about the full sequence of courses.
Bahá’ís commemorate 11 holy days each year. These occasions are usually observed with community gatherings in large or small settings, with programs befitting the significance of the day. Contact us for information about Oak Bay Baha'i celebrations.
Naw-Rúz The Bahá’í New Year
First Day of Ridván (meaning “Paradise” in Arabic) — the most important of the Bahá’í holy days. It is the day on which Bahá’u’lláh declared His mission as a Messenger of God.
Ninth Day of Ridván the day on which Bahá’u’lláh’s family joined Him in the Garden of Ridván.
Twelfth Day of Ridván the day on which Bahá’u’lláh and His family left the garden to travel to Constantinople.
Declaration of the Báb the anniversary of the Báb’s announcement of His mission in 1844.
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh marking the passing of Bahá’u’lláh in 1892
Martyrdom of the Báb Who was executed in 1850
Birth of the Báb
Birth of Bahá’u’lláh
Day of the Covenant* commemorating Bahá’u’lláh’s appointment of His son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the One to whom His followers should turn after His passing.
Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá* marking the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 1921
Other Observances Ayyám-i-Há (also known as the Intercalary Days), is a period of celebration devoted to charity, gift-giving and festivities prior to the annual period of fasting.
Month of Fasting in March. This is a 20 day period of fasting, during which Bahá’ís from the age of 15 abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. There are exemptions, including for those who are ill, elderly, traveling, pregnant or breastfeeding.
Note: The Bahá’í day ends and a new one begins at sunset; consequently, the day on which a Feast or Holy Day is observed begins at sunset of the day before the Gregorian calendar dates given above. In 178 B.E., Naw-Rúz will correspond with 20 March 2022.
*Bahá’ís suspend work on all but the last two of these holy days.
Nineteen Day Feast
Every 19 days each local community gathers for prayers, community consultation and fellowship. Learn more about the nineteen day feast.