Day of the Covenant

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The Day of the Covenant is the day when Bahá’ís celebrate the appointment of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the Centre of Bahá’u’lláh's Covenant with His followers.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá stated that May 23 should under no circumstances be celebrated as his day of birth. It was the day of the Declaration of the Báb, exclusively associated with him. But as the Bahá’ís begged for a day to be celebrated as his, he gave them November 26th, 180 days after the ascension of Bahá’u’lláh, to be observed as the day of the appointment of the Centre of the Covenant.

It was known as Jashn-i-A’zam (The Greatest Festival), because he was Ghusn-i-A'zam (the Greatest Branch). In the West it is known as the Day of the Covenant.