Riḍván Festival 2023

Flowers of One Garden

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Get ready to immerse yourself in a celebration of art, culture, and faith at the upcoming Riḍván Festival at the Penang Harmony Centre.

Riván /REZ-vahn/noun Persian word for Paradise.

This year's event promises to be an unforgettable experience, open to everyone who loves to learn new things and wants to explore a global faith that promotes unity and equality.

Admission to the festival is free, and you can choose to take a self-guided tour or register for a guided group tour. Whether you're interested in art, history, or simply want to celebrate a festival full of joy and meaning, the Riḍván Festival - "Flowers of One Garden" is an event not to be missed. 

Join us at the Penang Harmony Centre from April 26 to May 3, 2023 and experience the beauty and unity of the  Bahá’í Faith.

This event is a collaboration between the Bahá’í Community of Penang and HARMONICO.

Penang Harmony Centre Exhibition Hall 

April 26 — May 3, 2023.

Open to the Public. Free Admission. 

Free guided tours available for groups of ten or more. Subject to availability.

Exhibition - Bahá’ís of Penang 

Venue : Harmony Centre Exhibition Hall

Open Times : April 26 May 3, 2023. 10:00 4:00 daily

Mode : Self-guided.  Guided Group Tour (Booking Required).

Learn about the history of the Bahá'ís in Penang,  from the visit of the first believer in 1883 until the establishment of the permanent Local Spiritual Assembly in 1958 and beyond. The story of the establishment of the Faith in Penang, much like the story of Penang itself, spans continents and involves people from all over the world coming to this cosmopolitan place to practice their faith freely. 

- Researched and curated by author and Penang history researcher, Eugene Quah.

Explore the symbolism and unique architecture of the Bahá'í temples worldwide through carefully curated photos and descriptions complemented by quotes that inspired the buildings. 

- Curated by Penang-based architect, Ar. Lim Woon Hun, who was directly involved in the construction of the famous Lotus Temple in New Delhi. 

Abtract acrylic by internationally known Penang-born artist, Foo Hong Tatt; listed as a notable artist by Marquis Who's Who.

"Garden of Riḍván (2017) - Acrylic by Penang artist, Ravindran Ramasamy 

Art Exhibition

Opening Times : 

April 26 May 3, 2023. 

10:00 04:00 daily

Mode : Self-guided

View a selection of Bahá'í inspired art works by locally and internationally known artists. 

Learn about the underlying teachings of the Faith that inspired those works.

Book & Chat Corner

Opening Times : 

26 April 3 May, 2023. 

10:00 04:00 daily

Mode : Self-guided with opportunity to chat with volunteers

A collection of nearly 100 different titles from extensive Bahá'í publishing world for browsing and contemplating in a cosy environment. There will also be some free books and small discussion sessions.

Garden Exhibition - Flowers of One Garden

Venue : Harmony Centre Main Hall

Opening Times : 

April 26 May 3, 2023

10:00 04:00 daily

Mode : Self-guided

Discover the significance of the 12-day Riḍván Festival to the Bahá'ís worldwide. Through various outdoor exhibits and activities, learn how the Festival was named after the Garden of Riḍván on the banks of the Tigris River where the Divine Educator,  Baháʼu'lláh, Who founded the Faith, declared His mission to humanity. 

Saturday, April 29, 2023 

Open to the Public. Free Admission. 

The Ninth Day of Riḍván 

Penang Harmony Centre

No. 15 Jalan Scotland

Noon Exhibitions Paused

02:30 Arrival of Guests

02:45 Interfaith Group Performances

03:00 Panel Discussion on the Theme of Unity

03:45 Arrival the Chief Minister, Y.A.B. Tuan Chow Kon Yeow and VIPs

04:15 Cultural Performances

04:20 Welcome Addresses

04:50 Art Exhibition Resumes

05:00 Main Exhibition Resumes


Music in the Garden 

06:30 End of Event

Kids are Our Precious Gems!  Our festival offers a variety of activities that will engage and entertain children of all ages while adults enjoy the exhibitions and music performances. We understand the importance of keeping your children engaged and learning about unity, so we have carefully curated a range of activities, including art and craft workshops, interactive games, storytelling, and much more.

The Bahá'í Community of Penang  invites everyone to celebrate together with us the Ninth Day of Riḍván.

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