Bahai traditions vary depending on the occasion. While few traditions and customs are joyous, few others may comprise only silent prayer services and few may reflect the meditative moods of the Bahai people.
Given below are occasions and the different Bahai traditions that are observed on these days.
The magnificence of Bahai tradition can also be found in the Bahai New Year celebrations. Every year the Bahai people celebrate their New Year on March 21st.
Basically, the New Year or the Naw-Ruz celebrations are kind of treat for the Bahai people as they enjoy this day after going through a strict regime of fasting for the last 19 days. So, they break their strict regime by making merry, exchanging gifts, inviting friends and relatives and also by visiting them.
Few of the most notable Bahai traditions during New Year include drifting sprouted lentils in water with the hope that with it, it will take away the evil of the household. So, lentils are soaked for them to sprout a week before the New Year
There is another tradition observed by the Bahai people. They arrange a table in which they have their food with Seven S or 7 objects. This is also referred to as “haft-sin”. Few of these objects are garlic, vinegar, coins, hyacinth, berries, and dried fruits from oleaster tree. These objects are arranged on the table in a systematic manner.
A Bahai wedding is equally exciting and definitely requires the bride and the bridegroom to take vows to stay beside each other through thick and thin. Basically to make a Bahai wedding successful, there are 3 prime requisites.
According to the tradition, these 3 aspects need to be addressed prior to declaring a couple Man and Woman. They include – the parents of the bride as well as the bridegroom have to agree to the pair.
The second most important aspect is that the pair has to swear by the Almighty that no matter what happens,they will never deviate from the teachings of God, and last but not the least, the wedding essentially requires the presence of 2 witnesses without the presence of whom, the wedding is not regarded as complete.
It is the sole wish of the couples to wear any bridal dress they choose to. There is no particular traditional bridal attire. Similarly, as far as arranging for the music, food, and dance is concerned, it is at the discretion of the new pair to decide. Basically, in Bahai wedding, there is no traditional wedding ritual or ceremony.
Every Bahai grave will have a symbol engraved on the tombstone. This is usually a star that has 9 points. No clergy will be present at the funeral services.
The entire ritual is taken care of by the relatives and friends of the deceased. A unique prayer service, also known as "Prayer for the dead", is the only prominent ritual that takes place at the funeral service. The concept was introduced by the founder of Bahai Faith Baha ‘u’llah.