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Thursday, February 27th, 2014

21 Ideas for Families to Celebrate Ayyam-i-Ha

21 Ideas for Families to Celebrate Ayyam-i-Ha

Ayyam-i-Ha is a period of hospitality, charity and gift-giving for Baha’is that is celebrated from February 26 to March 1. This is a festive time in preparation for the 20-day fast that follows. There are no set rituals to celebrate Ayyam-i-Ha, allowing people a lot of creativity in their celebrations. We put together a summary of many of the inspiring ideas we found around the web for celebrating this beautiful holiday. Happy Ayyam-i-Ha!




all done monkey
Felt star bags for Ayyam-i-Ha treats from All Done Monkey
nine pointed star cookieMake your own 9-pointed star cookie cutter from Creative World of Varya
Nurturing the Tender YearsFun advent calendar and banner to count down the days of the fast from Nurturing the Tender Years
Advent Style BannerMake an advent calendar to count down the days
Bird FeederCraft a simple bird feeder to honor God through nature from InCultureParent
paper flower garden and treesBrighten up your home with this indoor paper flower garden and trees from Nurturing the Tender Years
Virtues TreeFun virtue tree to teach kids the values of Ayyam-i-Ha from Mud Spice
cheesecloth towels with starsBeautiful homemade cheesecloth towels with stars and a game not to be missed from At Home with Momma Skyla




unity on earthA game to teach kids about unity on earth by Creative World of Varya







Persian walnut pomegranate chickenFesanjan, yummy Persian walnut pomegranate chicken
Fool-proof Persian RiceFool-proof Persian Rice 
Gluten-free plum cakeGluten-free plum cake
chocolate-covered trufflesEasy chocolate-covered truffles


Ideas for Celebrating at Your Child’s School
This Baha’i mom in Maine raised her daughter in rural Maine, without much of a Baha’i community. To help educate her daughter’s class about their faith, she prepared a puppet show and some other wonderful ideas every year, which she details in this awesome post.




The Ayyam-i-Ha Camel by Cher Holt-Forti
The Night Before Ayyam-i-Ha by Sophia Estelle Wood


Maggie Celebrates Ayyam-i-Ha by Pattu Rae Tomarelli




Enable Me to GrowA song about service for Ayyam-i-Ha by Enable Me to Grow
Elika MahonyA celebratory song for Ayyam-i-Ha by Elika Mahony


And more!


Enable Me to Grow - 1Here are some fun ways different families decorate from Enable Me to Grow
celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha with your familyAnd finally don’t miss this comprehensive guide to celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha with your family from two awesome Baha’i moms and bloggers.


To learn more about Ayyam-i-Ha, then check out this post by Homa Sabet Tavangar.

© 2014, Stephanie Meade. All rights reserved.

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Stephanie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InCultureParent. She has two Moroccan-American daughters (ages 5 and 6), whom she is raising, together with her husband, bilingual in Arabic and English at home, while also introducing Spanish. After many moves worldwide, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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  1. CommentsIngrid   |  Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you for this article and for compiling these wonderful resources! Happy Ayyam-i-Ha!

  2. CommentsAyyam-i-Ha Around the World {All Done Monkey} Multicultural Kid Blogs   |  Friday, 28 February 2014 at 1:12 am

    […] more on Ayyám-i-Há, be sure to check out this great roundup from InCultureParent, the wonderful resources on Enable Me to Grow, and (of course!) our own Ayyám-i-Há Pinterest […]

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