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Ayyám-i-Há (Intercalary Days)
Ayyám-i-Há is a period of hospitality, charity and gift-giving for Baha'is and this year begins in the evening of Saturday, February 25th and ends in the evening of Wednesday, March 1st.
Ayyám-i-Há has been translated into English as “Intercalary Days” which literally means that they are days inserted into the calendar.
Baha'u'llah Himself explains that the letter " Há " signifies "the Essence of Divinity." These “extra days” are used to bring awareness to God’s oneness, along with a focus on charity and unity, are days to be spent in praise of God. Baha'u'llah directs His loved ones "with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His Name" during them.
“Let the days in excess of the months be placed before the month of fasting. We have ordained that these, amid all nights and days, shall be the manifestations of the letter Há, and thus they have not been bounded by the limits of the year and its months. It behooveth the people of Bahá, throughout these days, to provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His Name; and when they end—these days of giving that precede the season of restraint—let them enter upon the Fast.” Baha'u'llah
Ayyám-i-Há is a festival of the attributes of generosity, love, compassion, of praising God and friendship. It stands in contrast to the Fast, a time of abstinence and inner contemplation and transformation.