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Each year starts on "Naw-Rúz", the vernal equinox (in March), and has 19 months. Each month has 19 days. An extra 4 or 5 days are added between the last two months so that the next year also starts on the equinox. Each day begins at sunset. The time of sunset and the time of the equinox are calculated by astronomers.
The months are known by their Arabic names. The days within each month also use the same names. Here they are with their usual English translations:
|Arabic Name||English Translation|
Each group of 19 years is called a Váhid.
Each group of 19 Váhids is called a Kull-i-Shay’.
Year 1 of the Badí' calendar started at Naw-Rúz in 1844 A.D.
Sources[change | change source]
- Bahai library: Bibliography for the Tablets of Baha'u'llah: List of citations and resources for Tablets revealed 1863-68. Kitáb-i-Badí' ("The Wondrous Book," "the Unique Book"). Prepared by Jonah Winters for the Wilmette Institute.