Badí Calendar Structure

The Badí­' calendar is the calendar used by the Bahá'í­ community to determine the dates of their feasts and holy days. As of this year it has been fully implemented such that it is no longer directly matched to the Gregorian calendar, a basic understanding of its structure is, therefore, now even more useful for Bahá'í­s.

Have you learned all the basics of the Badí­ calendar structure? Find out how far your knowledge is advancing with this 19 question quiz on the subject...

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  1. The calendar used by Bahá'í­s is called the Badí­' calendar, what does the name Badí­' mean?
  2. Who revealed the basic outline of the Badí­' calendar?
  3. Which of these events occurred in the first year of the Badí­' calendar?
  4. How many months are there in the Bahá'í­ year?
  5. In a leap year, how many days does the longest month have?
  6. What does the sun do on the first day of the Bahá'í­ year?
  7. Naw-Rúz occurs on the day when a particular solar event occurs, in which city?
  8. 'Alá' (meaning Loftiness) is the last month of the year, what is it placed immediately before?
  9. What kind of calendar is the Badí­' calendar?
  10. The Bahá'í­ year starts and ends with the same event which takes place once every 365.25 days, but 19 months of 19 days provide 361 days, where are the extra days (Ayyám-i-Há) added?
  11. What are the months of the Badí­' calendar named after?
  12. Núr is the name of the fifth month, which of the following is it also the name of?
  13. What is the name of the second day of the week on the Badí­' calendar?
  14. The Bahá'í­ week is seven days long and the last day is the day of rest. On which western weekday does the *first* day of the Bahá'í­ week mainly fall?
  15. When does each Badí­' calendar day start?
  16. Every 19 years are collectively called...
  17. The years of each 19 year cycle have their own names, which of the following is true for all of the names?
  18. Kull-i-Shay' can be translated as "All things". In reference to the Badí­' calendar, what does Kull-i-Shay' refer to?
  19. Which holy day will be observed on the day of "˜Idál, the day of Núr, of the month of Jamál, of the year Ḥubb, of the tenth Váḥid, of the first Kull-i-Shay'?

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