A few nights ago I went carolling with my children and a few friends in the neighborhood for the festival of Ayyam-i-Ha.For Baha’is this is a time of bringing cheer to others, visiting the poor and needy, giving gifts and enjoying the company of family and friends.We surprised some of our neighbors by singing several joyful songs in English and Chinese.We were quite the little band of merry songsters – my son on his African drum, my daughter with her maracas, me on the guitar and a small group of little singers with a few of their parents!
We dropped by five families and I was touched by a comment from one of the ladies we visited.She exclaimed that this had been the best Ayyam-i-Ha gift she had ever received!That made it all worthwhile. 🙂
I also created a simple song for Ayyam-i-Ha to teach some friends who came over to our home to celebrate.It is a simple tune on the guitar and has a three-part harmony.It was such fun teaching everyone his or her part and trying to sing in the same rhythm. We had a good laugh….
Thought of the Day:
“It behoveth the people of Baha, 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.” – Baha’u’llah