Leicester Baha’i community, which began in 1955, held two very moving events for the Births of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. The Birth of the Báb took place in a Baha’i home and was attended by twenty five people. The devotional had music, a short film on the life of the Báb and beautiful prayers and readings enhanced by the Tablet sent as a gift from the National Spiritual Assembly.
The Birth of Baha’u’llah has always been a major event on the Leicester calendar. This year sixty people attended, including Christians, Hindus, Jains, Muslims and Sikhs as well as Baha’is from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. The programme included devotional music from Payam Beint and Na’im Cortazzi assisted by Payam’s daughter, seven year old Laila, who also sang a solo. Young Baha’is welcomed everyone and read the prayers and devotional readings and a film of the song about Baha’u’llah from the World Congress was shown, ending with the words. ‘Oh Baha’u’llah! What hast thou done? All the guests had a programme of the readings and a summary of the life and work of Baha’u’llah. The gathering was included in the city’s elaborate, well publicised and extensive programme for Inter Faith week. Many guests made positive remarks and expressed a desire to learn more and attend further meetings.