If you missed the first Baha’i Pilgrimage post I wrote last week, please click here. Starting where we left off:
Our pilgrimage group visited the archives building the next morning and saw original tablets written by Baha’u’llah and other items of significance to the Baha’i Faith. It was very cool to see the artifacts and clothing that was actually used and worn during that time. We also spent time that day walking around the Baha’i World Center.
We took the remainder of the day to rest before leaving for Bahji at 9 PM for the holy day celebrations for the Ascension of Baha’u’llah. We spent our time socializing and drinking caffeine, praying at the Shrine of Baha’u’llah, and visiting the Mansion of Bahji and the room that Baha’u’llah passed away in. Just before 3 AM we made our way to chairs outside in an arc around the Shrine of Baha’u’llah. The program, full of quotes and prayers, lasted about an hour. Following the program, all the people in attendance at the event (probably 700 to 800 people – all the pilgrims and those serving at the Baha’i World Center) circumambulated Baha’ullah’s shrine on the circle path in silence.
The next day of our pilgrimage was a free day, so we slept in and rested most of the day while also spending time at the Baha’i World Center. The following morning, I was so happy to meet up with my husband’s friend who’s currently serving in Haifa. He and his wife had us over for breakfast and we met their two kids. We were dropped off back at the Baha’i World Center where we met up with other friends and headed to Akka for a walk and then went to the Junayn Gardens and back to Bahji. I took way too many photos in both of these locations. Here are a few of my favorite flower pictures:
The next day of pilgrimage was another early start. We got to the bus around 8 AM to go to the House of Abdullah Pasha in Akka. This was the house where The Bab’s body had been taken and hidden before he was enshrined at the Baha’i World Center. It was great to wander this huge house and see how they lived. The photo below really makes me laugh. It was in the courtyard of the house and it most definitely looks like a surprised face!
The next day, we took a walk on the Arc Path at the Baha’i World Center and learned more about all the various departments that run World Center. There is so much happening every day!
On our last day of pilgrimage, we visited Bahji for the last time and said farewell to all the other pilgrims. It was a wonderful trip and we’ve made many lifelong friendships. I can’t wait to go visit a few of them!Our pilgrimage truly was incredible. There are no words to describe some of the emotions and experiences I had. I can’t wait till our next visit!