A holy day in the Baha’i religion, commemorating the death of Abbas Effendi, known as Abdu’l-Baha, in 1921 in Haifa, Palestine (now Israel). The eldest son of Mirza Husayn Ali, known as Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i faith, he was named the leader of the Baha’i community in his father’s will, which also appointed him to interpret Baha’i writings. In turn, Abdu’l-Baha appointed his eldest grandson, Shoghi Effendi (1896-1957) as his successor and Guardian of the Cause. Today the affairs of the worldwide Baha’i community are administered by the Universal House of Justice, a body that meets in Haifa andis elected every five years.
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