Best wishes on this first day of Ridván,
From John Walbridge’s Two Articles on Ridván:
Ridvan, Festival of. The twelve day period commemorating Baha’u’llah’s announcement of his claim to prophethood and his departure from Baghdad in 1863, observed from sunset 20 April to sunset, 2 May. The first, ninth and twelfth days of Ridvan are major Baha’i holy days on which work should be suspended. Baha’i elections are normally held during Ridvan. The name derives from the Najibiyyih Garden in Baghdad where Baha’u’llah stayed during this period and to which he gave the name Ridvan (Paradise).
See also the BBC’s fact file on Ridván.
View a Ridván-themed Flash presentation hosted by the Bahá’ís of New York City.