Aurora Street Festival

The Bahá'í’s of Aurora participated as a vendor in the 20th Annual Aurora Chamber Street Festival held on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 along Yonge Street!

The festival is a fun-filled family event for all ages with over 500 vendors, fantastic street performers, music, food galore and so much more. It is by far York Region’s largest community event with over 40,000 visitors.

Check out the recorded performances from our booth (uploaded to our YouTube channel)!

Sama Sobhani - Junior Animator

Sama is a junior animator who mentors and assists youth in the community through the Junior Youth Empowerment Program. The program empowers young people between the ages of 11 and 14 to undertake social action for the improvement of their neighbourhoods.

Sama develops close bonds of friendship and trust with group participants by using specific program components consistent with the curriculum: discussion, service, arts and recreation. These duties are exercised on a weekly basis in order to encourage and assist youth in planning and carrying out plans for service themselves.

Sama has dedicated Friday evenings for the past three and half years to this program. He has also dedicated time to attending training sessions on weekends, planning meetings with co-animators as well as camps and conferences.

Holy Day: Naw-Rúz

Naw-Rúz (literally meaning “new day”) is the Bahá'í New Year festival that takes place on the spring equinox (i.e. March 20th) and symbolizes new life and rejuvenation. It also is the first day of the first month in the Bahá'í calendar.

Naw-Rúz is usually observed with meetings for prayer and celebration. The festival is often combined with a feast as the sunset before Naw-Rúz signals the end of a nineteen day fasting period.

During Naw-Rúz, time is spent visiting friends and relatives and exchanging gifts. Naw-Rúz is one of the nine Bahá'í holy days on which work is suspended.

Community Building

Mr. Gordon Naylor conducted a public talk at the Aurora Public Library titled "From the Ground Up: The Baha'i Faith and Community Building". The talk explored the process of spiritual community building.

The mayor or Aurora, Geoff Dawe, was in attendance!

Winter Fun Fest

The Seasonal Fun Fest gatherings are held as a community building effort, to promote fellowship and enhance participation at all community events, including the Feasts.

These gatherings are celebrated with food, games, activities, music, talent shows, sing-alongs, dance, etc.

Seasonal Fun Fest

The Seasonal Fun Fest gatherings are held as a community building effort, to promote fellowship and enhance participation at all community events, including the Feasts.

These gatherings are celebrated with food, games, activities, music, talent shows, sing-alongs, dance, etc.

Aurora Street Festival

The Bahá'í’s of Aurora participated as a vendor in the 19th Annual Aurora Chamber Street Festival held on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 along Yonge Street!

The Aurora Chamber Street Festival is an annual fun-filled family event for all ages with over 500 vendors, fantastic “Street Performers”, music, food galore and so much more. It is York Region’s largest community event.

Holy Day: Naw-Rúz

Naw-Rúz (literally meaning “new day”) is the Bahá'í New Year festival that takes place on the spring equinox (i.e. March 20th) and symbolizes new life and rejuvenation. It also is the first day of the first month in the Bahá'í calendar.

Naw-Rúz is usually observed with meetings for prayer and celebration. The festival is often combined with a feast as the sunset before Naw-Rúz signals the end of a nineteen day fasting period.

During Naw-Rúz, time is spent visiting friends and relatives and exchanging gifts. Naw-Rúz is one of the nine Bahá'í holy days on which work is suspended.

Festival of Ayyám-i-Há

The Festival of Ayyám-i-Há refers to a period of four or five intercalary days in the Bahá'í calendar designated to sync up with the solar year. During this time, Bahá’ís celebrate God and his oneness by showing love, fellowship and unity. It is a time characterized by charity, hospitality, gift giving and goodwill. Also, Baha’is will often participate in various projects of a humanitarian nature.

Holy Day: The Birth of Bahá’u'lláh

The Bahá’ís of Aurora celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u'lláh – a holy day commemorating the birth of the prophet & founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

For further information regarding the holy day, please click here.

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