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Mundaring Bahai at a gathering earlier this year.

Mundaring Bahai to celebrate bicentennial in unique style

THE Mundaring Bahai will join in Bahai festivities around the world as they celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder of their religion at Mahogany Creek on Saturday.

Bahai from all around the Hills area will come together to take part in the bicentennial festivities with the Croft family opening their expansive garden to all who are interested in attending the festivities.

Their Light of Unity festival is a unique event that will feature Paint Storm, a high energy visual art performance by award-winning visual artist Phil Doncon.

Paint Storm is an original and engaging dance and drama which illustrates the power that light has to illuminate the, at times, dark world in which we live.

According to Mrs Susheel Croft, the event organiser, the show encapsulates Baha’u’llah’s grand vision of unity as highlighted in the quotation, “so powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”

Bicentennial celebrations have been held throughout the year around Australia but will culminate in this weekend’s festivities across the country.

Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Bahai Faith was born in Tehran, Persia, in 1817 and the message and the religion he propagated spread around the globe and came to Australia in 1920.

Their spiritual leader taught about the oneness of humanity and freedom from all forms of prejudice. “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens,” he said.

In Mundaring and around the country the Bahai attempt to unify people at a grassroots level through open and inclusive community building initiatives.

They offer educational programs to children and youth designed to help them develop a sense of purpose and admirable qualities such as selflessness, compassion and service to others.

Over the years many children from local schools such as Helena College, Darlington Primary School, Glen Forrest Primary and Falls Rd Primary School have attended Bahai spiritual education classes and they and their families are welcome to participate in the weekend’s events.

For further information please contact Susheel Croft on 0402 023 704 or via her email sushcroft@bigpond.com

By Andrew Carter

About Andrew Carter

I live locally in Ellenbrook and have now lived there for well over a decade. I’m a passionate and conscientious journalist and I enjoy using my colourful, lively style of writing to hopefully paint a verbal picture. I am environmentally minded and believe that it’s our responsibility in the media to report accurately, help make a difference to the community and if necessary to hold businesses, governments and individuals to account for their actions. I very much aspire to the Christiane Amanpour style of journalism of being truthful not neutral.

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