Ayyam I Ha Festival Details and History -
Ayyam I Ha festival is celebrated each year from the evening of 25 February and end of the sunset of 1 march. Ayyam I Ha festival intendeds to spiritually prepare the person for the fast. On the day of Ayyam I Ha people detach themselves from material things by performing special acts of charity, and other items like as distributing gifts etc.
Ayyam I Ha means the ‘days of Ha’. ‘Ha’ is the Arabic letter and ‘H’ and one of the three Arabic letters, which make up the word “Bahai”. ‘Ha’ is also the first letter of an Arabic pronoun commonly used in its religious writings to refer to God, ha is used as a single of “the Essence of God.”
In the Baha’i calendar consists of nineteen months of nineteen days each. This means the calender needs four days (and five days in a leap year) to equal a solar year. According to the Baha’ullah these days which are added to make up a solar year are called ‘intercalary days’. The Bab was not exactly say where to place these intercalary days. Baha’ullah named these days in the ‘Kitab-i-Aqdas’ and also specified their place in the year.
Ayyam I Ha is celebrated with joy by the Baha’i followers. Bahai person spends time in spiritual activities and generous towards others. Ayyam I Ha festival time Bahaullah writes, In this time the people of Baha’i faith 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.
Many people (family) are busy of getting ready for Ayyam-i-Ha. They are making cookies, wrapping presents, and decorating the house. Young and old person are working hard on a special surprise. Some people are join to the relative and neighbourhood family as they celebrate these days of Ayyam-i-Ha. People also send the gifts and cards to there relative and friends.