Day of the Covenant
‘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.
- "Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í)". 2008-07-15. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Covenant_(Bah%C3%A1%27%C3%AD). Retrieved 2008-07-15.
- Balyuzi, H.M. (2001). ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Centre of the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh (Paperback ed.). Oxford, UK: George Ronald. pp. p.523, note 9. ISBN 0853980438.