On 25th July 2003, to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the first Local Spiritual Assembly in Jamaica, the Governor General of the island proclaimed that day to be “Baha’i Day” for the whole country. The following year Jamaica’s Baha’is disccovered that once such a proclamation has been made it becomes a permanent feature of the island and therefore they have started holding celebrations on 25th July each year to which Baha’is, leaders of other religions and an extended array of guests are invited.
This year the Baha’i Day events included a Baha’i Day Breakfast sponsored by the National Spiritual Assembly. It was attended by representatives of the various religions from the Interfaith Council, including Moslems, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus, as well as the Mayor of Kingston and the media.
Celebrations were also held in the Kingston, Montego Bay and Port Antonio communities. Port Antonio held a 4 day exhibition at the public library on the history of the Faith in Jamaica.
The highlight of the national observance was the speech by the Mayor…
“The city of Kingston welcomes the Baha’is with open arms because we share your zest for unity and peace.” said Mr. McKenzie.
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