jamaicans celebrate 4th national baha’i day

Here’s a neat story from the Baha’i World News Service:

Jamaicans celebrate 4th National Baha’i Day

Baha'i World News Service: PhotoKINGSTON, Jamaica, 11 August 2006 (BWNS) — When the Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Howard Cooke, proclaimed a National Baha’i Day for this tropical Caribbean island nation three years ago, Baha’is here had no idea it would become an annual event.

Established in 2003 as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the Faith in Jamaica, Baha’is discovered in 2004 that once a proclamation has been made, it becomes a permanent feature of the island.

“Thus, we began to have observations for ‘Baha’i Day’ on July 25 each year,” said Linda Roche, secretary of the Baha’i community of Jamaica.

The event has become a celebration not only for the 21 local Baha’i communities on the island, but they have been joined by other religious leaders and Jamaican politicians.

This year the Baha’i Day events included a Baha’i Day Breakfast sponsored by the National Spiritual Assembly. It was attended by representatives of the various religions from the Interfaith Council, including Moslems, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus, as well as the Mayor of Kingston and the media.

[…] “We have always depended on the traditional churches to create the foundation for moral respect and social tolerance,” said the Mayor Desmond McKenzie.

“However, we are concerned that the traditional churches seem to have lost their voices lately when it comes to the issue of morality,” said Mr. McKenzie, who is not a Baha’i, “And since the politicians are not considered to have the moral authority, it is the newer churches and religions like the Baha’is, and their refreshingly new view of morality, to which we must turn.

“Baha’u’llah’s divine mission was to bring about spiritual rebirth and the unity of mankind leading to a permanent world peace and the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth,” said Mr. McKenzie. “The city of Kingston welcomes the Baha’is with open arms because we share your zest for unity and peace.”

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Read about the original 2003 proclamation of National Baha’i Day.

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