THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF DERRY
MAYOR'S MESSAGE OF GREETINGS - 2009 CE
Naw-Rúz, the New Year's Day of the Bahá'í Faith, falls on 21 March. Successive mayors of or city have sent the local Bahá'í community greetings on this special day and for the year ahead.
Naw-Ruz 166 BE / March 2009 CE
Parlús an Mhéara
Tha Provost’s Chaumer
20 March 2009
[Letter addressed to the Secretary of the Spiritual Assembly]
As Mayor of the city it gives me great pleasure to extend warm New Year greetings to members of the Bahá’i community in the city and North West region.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the important role played by the Bahá’i faith locally and the great work that its members do for the people of the city and region. The New Year celebrations are a special time for members of the faith. The Bahá’i faith is renowned for its promotion of unity and inclusion and the way in which it embraces the community and promotes a better and peaceful integrated society.
The Bahá’i faith is very forward thinking in its views and is very vocal on issues relating to the environment and cultural diversity whilst being committed to promoting family life and strong moral issues. Never before have we faced a time when faith is so important and I am confident as we face a decline in economic prosperity, our community will look towards faiths such as Bahá’i as a good example of how to live our lives.
The Bahá’i faith is one of the fastest growing religions in the world and locally it is attracting new members each year. I would like to extend my heartfelt best wishes to the entire Bahá’i faith at this important occasion and wish you all a very peaceful and happy Naw-Ruz.
COUNCILLOR GERARD DIVER