This year marks the 200th birth anniversary of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith and the Baha'i community, and the Baha'is of Colorado Springs and El Paso County East invite the public to celebrate with them at events next weekend.
"Now more than ever we need positive models of social change that bring people together rather than divide them," said Dixie Cole, spokeswoman for the Baha'is of Colorado Springs. "This is time to celebrate."
The Baha'i faith started in Iran in the early 19th century and is based on oneness of God, with the message of unity of humanity and essential harmony of all religions for peaceful coexistence. Baha'u'llah, the founder, was born in Iran in 1817 and lived to 1892.
He is known for saying, "Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path."
The Light of Unity Festival is a celebration of the impact of Bahá'u'lláh's teachings on people's lives around the world.
The Baha'i community celebrated a ceremonial signing of our Light of Unity Festival 200th Birthday of Baha'u'llah Proclamation on Oct. 11 at City Hall. City Council President Richard Skorman was on hand for the signing.
All are invited to attend the following:
- A video about the life of Baha'u'llah at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Room 302.
- Light of Unity Festival, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, with global dance and musical performances at Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E. Kiowa St.
The event will include Native American flute and dance, classical dance of India, Mexican folk dance and African drummers, and it will be followed by refreshments in The Café in City Auditorium.