This holiday commemorates the death of `Abdu’l-Bahá in his house in Haifa in 1921. He was the eldest son and successor of Baha’u’llah, co-founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Over ten thousand mourners from diverse religions and ethnic communities attended his funeral. His remains were laid to rest in a vault next to the vault of the Báb on Mount Carmel.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá , which means “Servant of Bahá ”, was born on May 23, 1844. Naturally, Baha’i followers wanted to celebrate him on his birthday. However, this day was already of great importance in the Baha’i Faith. It was the day that the Bab declared his mission and began spreading his message. Therefore, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá made it clear to the Baha’is that he would not be celebrated on this day. That day would be reserved for celebrating the Declaration of the Bab. This decision was typical of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá , who was very humble and devoted to the Baha’i faith. The Baha’i community still wanted to celebrate ‘Abdu’l-Bahá . Thus, they decided to dedicate the Day of the Covenant to him.
Baha’is celebrate this Holy Day as they do all others in their faith. They gather in prayer and worship and celebration of unity and acceptance. All are welcome to join in the celebration regardless of any difference in faith or beliefs.