Often people at this time of year ask if the Baha’is celebrate Christmas and what Christmas means to a Baha’i.
The followers of Baha’ullah, meaning “Glory of God,” have a deep reverence for Jesus and accepting implicitly His teachings and His station. They remember His ministry on the commemoration of His birth with deep gratitude for His sacrifice for humanity.
Baha’is come from many religious backgrounds. Many followed the Jewish, the Christian, the Muslim, the Buddhist, the Hindu or Zoroastrian faiths. Now that they are Baha’is, they accept the teachings of all the past manifestations of God.
Baha’ullah teaches that each messenger came to a particular time in human evolution and according to what human-kind was ready to understand, they revealed God’s plan.
Baha’is believe each prophet had a special message for the time in which he appeared. Moses brought the Ten Commandments and taught justice. Jesus taught love and life after death. Mohammed taught social consciousness and nationhood and Baha’ullah teaches the oneness of humankind.
Baha’is are urged by Baha’ullah to “consort ye with the peoples of all religions with joy and fragrance.”
For Baha’is to argue about religions is to defeat the very purpose that is unity and diversity and achievement of the oneness of humankind.
Therefore, the Baha’is share the joy of Christmas and send greetings cards to Christian friends and attend their parties. But among themselves, Baha’is observe the nine holy days of their faith. These holy days are Baha’i New year (March 21), the birth of the Bab (the forerunner), the birth of the Baha’ullah, the declaration of the Bab, the declaration of Baha’ullah, three days, martyrdom of the Bab and the ascension of Baha’ullah.
So, if they observed Christmas, they would have to observe all the holy days of all the religions and that would not be possible.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas, a prosperous New Year. Happy holidays.