On Sunday, Oct. 22, the Badlands Community Facility was host to the 200th birthday celebrations of Baha'u'llah.

Baha'u'llah is the founder of the Baha'i faith, a religion which has a respectable number of observers in the Drumheller area.

"We have 13 Baha'is in Drumheller and that allows us to have a local spiritual assembly which is nine members." explained Ron Crittal. "And, as soon as there are nine members in a community, a local spiritual assembly is formed."

Crittal explains that there is no leader in a spiritual assembly. Instead, members gather to discuss and share their knowledge.

After a video presentation and song, Crittal pointed out that the birthday celebrations are two day affairs this year, beginning on Friday at sunset and lasting until Sunday at sundown.

"These events are taking place all around the world, in every community. There are literally thousands of these events taking place."

Because of the worldwide nature of the Baha'i Faith, Crittal said it amazed him to know that people have been celebrating Baha'u'llah's birthday since Friday evening Australia time until Sunday evening Canada time.

Enayat Sharafi helped Crittal with the organization of Sunday's event.

"In 170 years from the declaration of Baha'u'llah that proclaimed this faith, Baha'i faith is the second widest-spread religion next to Christianity in the world," said Sharafi. "There is nowhere in the world that you can go [where] there's no Baha'i."

After prayers by assembly members, attendees feasted on birthday cake, cookies, drinks and fruit.

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Ron and Enayat(L-R:) Ron Crittal & Enayat Sharafi

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