My husband and I hosted an Ayyam-i-Ha potluck dinner last night. Ayyam-i-Ha is a 4 day celebration (5 days during leap year) in preparation for the 19-day fast that begins March 2 (click here for more details).
It was the first party/dinner we've had in our new and bigger Brooklyn apartment. Lots of good food and conversations....
Food: Peanut thai noodles, sweet potatoes and quinoa, boxtie pasta, salad, squash, 9-sided star vegan sugar cookies and banana bread. A mix of backgrounds: 2 med school students, 4 people who work in education, 1 law school student, 1 public relations person, 4 RPCV (returned peace corp volunteers), 6 Baha'is, 3 Christians, 2 Muslims and 1 Buddhist.
My husband had the idea to have everyone paint what happiness is to them. The painting came out much better than I expected. And it's a nice summary of the spirit of Ayyam-i-Ha.
It behoveth the people of Baha, 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. ~ Baha'u'llah