Houses of Worship: Bahá’í temples become focal points of commemorations

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Houses of Worship: Bahá’í temples become focal points of commemorationsAPIA, Samoa — Just after midnight on Saturday in Samoa, the Bahá’í House of Worship in Apia became the first site among the Bahá’í temples in the world where the centenary was commemorated.

Over the next 19 hours, Houses of Worship in Tanna, Vanuatu; Sydney, Australia; Battambang, Cambodia; New Delhi, India; Matunda Soy, Kenya; Kampala, Uganda; Frankfurt, Germany; Santiago, Chile; Norte del Cauca, Colombia; Panama City, Panama; and Wilmette, United States, became focal points of commemorations, bringing diverse people together for profound reflection on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s life.

The collection of images below offers a glimpse of the centenary commemorations held at Bahá’í temples around the world.

Apia, Samoa

Earlier in the day, a devotional program was held in the temple.

Tanna, Vanuatu

An interior view of the recently inaugurated House of Worship in Tanna, Vanuatu, during the centenary commemoration.

An interior view of the recently inaugurated House of Worship in Tanna, Vanuatu, during the centenary commemoration.

Government officials, chiefs, and members of the Bahá’í community at the centenary program.

Government officials, chiefs, and members of the Bahá’í community at the centenary program.

Sydney, Australia

The House of Worship in Sydney, Australia on the night of the commemoration.

The House of Worship in Sydney, Australia on the night of the commemoration.

Battambang, Cambodia

Area residents arriving at the House of Worship in Battambang for the afternoon centenary program.

Area residents arriving at the House of Worship in Battambang for the afternoon centenary program.

Participants at the evening program.

Participants at the evening program.

New Delhi, India

A night view of the House of Worship, known as the “Lotus Temple” because of its design inspired by a lotus flower.

A night view of the House of Worship, known as the “Lotus Temple” because of its design inspired by a lotus flower.

Matunda Soy, Kenya

Bahá’í writings were then read during a devotional program inside the temple.

Bahá’í writings were then read during a devotional program inside the temple.

Kampala, Uganda

Residents of Kampala arriving at the House of Worship for the commemoration program.

Residents of Kampala arriving at the House of Worship for the commemoration program.

Frankfurt, Germany

An aerial view of the House of Worship in Frankfurt at night.

An aerial view of the House of Worship in Frankfurt at night.

The formal centenary program was held inside the House of Worship.

The formal centenary program was held inside the House of Worship.

Santiago, Chile

The House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, in the foothills of the Andes mountains.

The House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, at the foothills of the Andes mountains.

The centenary program included prayers and readings of writings from the Bahá’í Faith.

The centenary program included prayers and readings of writings from the Bahá’í Faith.

Norte del Cauca, Colombia

A night view of the local Bahá’í House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia.

A night view of the local Bahá’í House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia.

An interior view of temple during the devotional program of the evening.

An interior view of temple during the devotional program of the evening.

Panama City, Panama

Participants arriving at the House of Worship in Panama for the centenary program.

Participants arriving at the House of Worship in Panama for the centenary program.

Wilmette, United States

An exterior view of the House of Worship in Wilmette, United States, as attendees arrive for the daytime commemoration program.

An exterior view of the House of Worship in Wilmette, United States, as attendees arrive for the daytime commemoration program.

An interior view of the House of Worship in Wilmette and a choir performing at the evening program.

An interior view of the House of Worship in Wilmette and a choir performing at the evening program.

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