Days of Ha~Alliterisen

Days of Ha Claudette Gallant
Claudette Gallant

“During Ayyam-i-Ha (translated as “Days of Joy” or “Days outside of time”) Baha’is and friends perform acts of charity, give gifts to friends and family and attend social gatherings, before a period of fasting begins. Some think of it as parallel to Fat Tuesday before Lent. Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith, about a century and a half ago, said 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.” The rest is left wide open. No mention of lights or fireworks or dragons or trees or candles or unleavened bread or money. No particular colors, specific decorations, foods, or ceremonies associated with this season.”~Homa Sabet Tavangar in Huff Post


Ayyam-i-Ha always aware that we are all fine friends

Days of light, love and longing after gracious God

Sharing food and fun frolicking in favorite places

Preparing for a period of fasting and a cathartic cleanse


All the children singing and chiming in with good cheer

Dancing delightedly seeing their parents challenge and change

Joy fills the world as we serve each one in a sacred way

Celebrate and create a space where God is ever growing near

© Carol Campbell 2015


The Prompt Words:




Ayyam-i-Ha is celebrated by Baha’is from the night of 26 February to the night of the first of March followed by nineteen days of fasting from sunrise to sunset. I chose this in response to these three words.

Prompt Stomp Week 8


Published by: writersdream9

I have been writing all my life but for the most part, it has been a secret. My parents did not believe writing was a good way to earn money so I hid my poems. Then one day, I wanted to comment on an essay that a friend had written and found myself with a blog. That quiet whisper inside said, "You can write your poetry and no one will ever know.". I knew nothing of followers and the like at that time. So, here I am trying to learn my craft and enjoying every moment of it. My personal details are, I'm 57, married for 39 years, have one grown son who is God's gift to us and last but not least at all, I'm a Baha'i which basically means that I love all humanity.

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