CGIE Interns Planned and Hosted an Ayyam-I-Ha Celebration

This was a wonderful celebration of Ayyam-i-ha or Intercalary Days (Feb. 26-March 1). My many thanks to CGIE interns for their creativity, planning, and organization skills, their love and hospitality, and their appreciation of the oneness of all humanity.

 

There are many ways the people of the world keep track of time. I grew up in a part of the world where very few people knew of the Gregorian Calendar; January, February, etc. I was mostly used to Jalai, Muslim, and Baha’i calendars. I remember many years ago traveling with a friend, on a humanitarian project as a young student, to Sri Lanka then called Ceylon and we entered the country on Tuesday. We needed to cash some dollars to pay for the taxi and get to our hotel and much to our surprise my friend Ezzat Jamshidi and I were told that all the banks were closed because this was Poya day on their calendar.

 

According to Wikipedia; Poya or Poya Day is the name given to a Buddhist public holiday in Sri Lanka which occurs every full moon day. The Full moon is important to Buddhists all around the world, who have adopted the Lunar Calendar for their religious observances. Owing to the moon’s fullness of size as well as its effulgence, the full moon day is treated as the most auspicious of the four lunar phases occurring once every lunar month (29.5 days) and thus marked by a holiday. Every full moon day is known as a Poya in Sinhala; this is when a practicing Buddhist visits the Temple for the rituals of worship. There are 12 or 13 Poyas per year. Generally, shops and businesses are closed on Poya Days, and the sale of alcohol and meat is forbidden.

 

My friend and I had never heard of Poya Day!! We ended up taking the offer of some youth in front of the airport to exchange our money on the black market! Luckily, we only chose to exchange just a few dollars until later when the banks opened. The youth took our money and after waiting for half an hour, we realized that they have taken us for our ignorance and ran with our money!!

 

Every major religion in the world comes with a system of calendars and keeping time. Either the cycles of the moon around the earth a lunar calendar or the evolution of the earth around the sun or a solar calendar is employed to keep track of time, holidays, and important dates for commerce and culture.

 

The fact that the solar year is 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, makes it almost impossible to be divided into any equal numbers. I believe the Baha’i calendar presents the most stable calendar dividing the solar year into 19 months of 19 days and the Intercalary Days are the 4 left over in between calendar days when you divide 365 to 19. Because of the accumulation of yearly extra 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, the Baha’i Intercalary days observe a leap year every four years and instead of 4 days celebrates 5 days of Intercalary days. This ingenious method keeps the Badi Calendar stable and best suited for scientific research, record keeping, and calculations. Calendar Magic from EuroSoft offers a free program you can download for applying computing power to date keeping. It can display virtually any calendar system known to science or history including; the French Revolutionary calendar; four Hindu calendars; two Balinese calendars; and Julian, Coptic, Hebrew, Yoruba, Ethiopian, Chinese, Baha’i, Bangla, and many other systems. Or can display Christian, Islamic, Jewish, and other holidays, feast days, and significant dates for any year in any calendar system?

 

 

Teaching about the calendars of the world is part of an integrated education curriculum. It helps the future generation to open its mind and heart and embrace the process of an evolving and ever-advancing civilization. Many cultures and religions of the past have offered their share of the beauty and colors of our global civilization.  Today in unity we have to play our share. It is important for the peace and progress of humanity to awaken the young minds to the emerging global culture and the need for all of us to appreciate our unity in diversity as one humanity. The beautiful song produced by many people around the world with the support of the United Nations is a timely echo of our desperate need for common understanding and the urgency of the unity of the 7 billion on earth to keep it sustained and safe for all its inhabitants.

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Keyvan Geula is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist; LMFT. She received her Master of Science in Marriage, family, and Child Therapy from the University of La Verne, in La Verne, California. She employs the latest research in behavioral sciences, neuroscience, and the Baha’i principle of the oneness of all humanity to serve the well-being of her clients.

She offers her services as a clinician, lecturer, trainer, and supervisor to a global set of clients in person and online. In her clinical work, she incorporates the wisdom of the Baha’i Writings, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy research, Mindfulness meditation, and consultation skills, as well as knowledge of the spiritual self.

She is an adjunct professor of Behavioral Sciences at Citrus Community College, faculty of continued education at Claremont Graduate University. She teaches psychology online to students at Baha’i Institute of Higher Education.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Global Integrated Education (CGIE), a non-profit Baha’i-inspired educational organization, which explores oneness of all humanity, and teaches the integrated mind-body-spirit approach in education.

She has served for two years as the producer and host of a two-hour weekly live radio show for the Persian community in Sothern, California focusing on the role of the psychology of spirituality in personal and social transformation, creativity, emotional and social intelligence, and a greater sense of harmony in a global society. She also has been the host and producer of TV series called Transforming Human Consciousness for eight years. She regularly writes and blogs on www.cgie.org/blog on topics related to integrated education, the oneness of humanity, the powers of the human spirit in the betterment of global society, elimination of all prejudice, equality of women and men, and education reform. Some of her shows are posted on her; Keyvan Geula YouTube Channel.

Mrs. Geula has served in several Baha’i institutions since her youth in Iran and USA.

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