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Celebrating Ridvan with a Flower Bouquet
Ridvan celebrates a period in history as the birth of the Bahai faith. Ridvan, or Rezvan in Arabic, translates to “Paradise” and is celebrated as the most joyous and holy time of the year. Ridvan commemorates the 12 days that Baha’u’llah spent in a garden in Baghdad by the Tigris River in 1863 after He was exiled from Iran. This is where He publicly declared His station as a manifestation of God and proclaimed the spiritual principles of His teachings surrounding oneness in humanity. The 1st, 9th, and 12th days during Ridvan are celebrated as holy days. These days are celebrated with devotional gatherings, musical programs and dancing. We wish everyone a happy festival of Ridvan.
Today we are going to celebrate the first day of the Ridvan festival by making a Tulip bouquet out of plastic spoons. Celebrating cultural diversity with children is important to appreciate and respect the differences and similarities in people. It offers children new experiences, fosters acceptance, inclusion and well-being.
Tape 3 or 4 spoons together.
Paint the spoons or popsicle sticks and leave it on the side to dry
Use the loose parts you have collected to decorate the cup.
Place the Tulips in the cup to complete your bouquet of flowers.
Engaging With Your Child
Invite your child by saying “Today is a special day for our Bahai friends. Would you like to create a bouquet of flowers to celebrate Ridvan with them?”. Provide the materials for your child and allow them to take lead in the way they want to decorate their items. Sit by your child’s side and create your own bouquet of flowers. Your child may observe how imaginative and creative you are with your flowers and it may spark their creative expression in their piece of art. Praise your child’s effort and find a special place for their bouquet.
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