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 169 BE / March 2012 CE




Mayor’s Parlour
Guildhall, Derry BT48 6DQ


March 2012

[Letter addressed to the Secretary of the Spiritual Assembly]

It gives me great pleasure as Mayor of the city to extend New Year greetings on behalf of the people of this city to you and other members of the Baha'i community in our region. I know this is a very important time of the year for you and a very special occasion for your members. Derry City Council is committed to inclusiveness and embracing all communities in our city and is very supportive of the excellent work carried out locally by the Baha'i community and

the important role you play in society. I have been reading about your faith with great interest and I am supportive of your principles and practices and the commitment you show to events such as your Month of Fasting in March and the preparations that are put into the Naw-Rúz (New Year) celebrations. Members of the Baha'i faith are an excellent example of how to live our lives and your ethos of "to love the entire world: to love humanity and try to serve it: to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood," as quoted by Abdu'l-Bahá, is something all of us should include in our daily lives as try to work towards a peaceful, inclusive and integrated society.

I would like to extend my best wishes to you and members of your faith and pledge my support for the ongoing work you are doing to promote moral values and strong family life in our community. I am very much aware of the work being done to create a better environment and positive future for our young people and look forward to working with you in the future to improve community relations among all religious beliefs in our Council area and beyond.

Finally can I wish every member of the Bahá'í faith in the Londonderry/Derry area and beyond a very Happy Naw-Rúz.

Yours sincerely,
Alderman Maurice Devenney