Ayyám-i-Há (The “Days of Há”, also known as the Intercalary Days) is a festival celebrated between the 18th and 19th months of the Bahá’í calendar, from February 26 to March 1 of every year.
During Ayyám-i-Há, Bahá’ís show hospitality and provide good cheer for themselves, their families and friends; perform charitable work to benefit the poor and needy; and celebrate joyfully and sing God’s praise. Ayyám-i-Há is a time to show our love for God by extending universal love, consideration and generosity to all His creatures.
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“It behoveth the people of Bahá, throughout these days, to provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His Name…” (Bahá’u’lláh)
- Any combination of stories relating to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the generosity or hospitality He showed to all, including the poor and needy.
- Give the children a copy of a Bahá’í calendar and use it to explain the nature of Intercalary Days: Nineteen months of nineteen days makes 361 days, with 4 (or 5) left over to make 365 (or 366 in leap years).
- Try using this Bahá’í calendar by Momma Skyla.
- Nine-pointed snowflakes are especially appropriate in places where there’s snow on the ground during Ayyám-i-Há!
- My Ayyám-i-Há Calendar, a craft designed by Delightful Design LLC. Instructions and templates are available for purchase at a low cost.
- Ayyám-i-Há Unity Wreath from Motherhood & More, where you can find many more wonderful ideas for celebrating Ayyám-i-Há!
- Ayyám-i-Há crafts and decorations from Enable Me To Grow.
- Ayyám-i-Há is a perfect time for engaging in charitable works, so planning some kind of service project would be an ideal activity. Ideas could include: making greeting cards for the elderly, or get well cards for those who are sick or infirm; helping to collect food for, or sort food at, a local food bank…
- Enable Me To Grow has a great list of Family Service Projects for Ayyám-i-Há that could be adapted for a children’s class.
“O Pen of the Most High! Say: O people of the world! We have enjoined upon you fasting during a brief period, and at its close have designated for you Naw-Rúz as a feast. Thus hath the Day-Star of Utterance shone forth above the horizon of the Book as decreed by Him Who is the Lord of the beginning and the end. Let the days in excess of the months be placed before the month of fasting. We have ordained that these, amid all nights and days, shall be the manifestations of the letter Há, and thus they have not been bounded by the limits of the year and its months. It behoveth the people of Bahá, throughout these days, to provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His Name; and when they end—these days of giving that precede the season of restraint—let them enter upon the Fast. Thus hath it been ordained by Him Who is the Lord of all mankind. The traveller, the ailing, those who are with child or giving suck, are not bound by the Fast; they have been exempted by God as a token of His grace. He, verily, is the Almighty, the Most Generous.”
(Bahá’u’lláh, the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p.16)
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