Every 19 days Bahá’ís gather in their communities for an event called the “Nineteen Day Feast,” or simply the Feast.
Everyone in the community — adults, youth and children – is encouraged to attend these events.
The Feast is a spiritual feast of worship, companionship and unity, and it contains three elements:
- spiritual devotions, during which prayers and sacred writings are read;
- community consultation, during which deliberation takes place on the affairs of the community and reports from the Local Spiritual Assembly are shared; and
- social fellowship, during which those present enjoy each other’s company and strengthen bonds of friendship.
Each community has the freedom to adapt these elements by incorporating aspects of the local culture that foster a lively, joyful and reverent atmosphere.