2014-2015 American/Baha’i Wall Calendar
As you have probably heard, the Universal House of Justice has changed the days on which Baha'is will celebrate Holy Days starting in 2015. Unfortunately for us, we created our 2-year 2014-2015 calendar last year, before the changes were announced.
Rather than throw away our remaining 500 beautiful calendars, we have corrected them with easy-to-see metallic gold and silver dot stickers. These highlight the new Holy Day dates for The Declaration of the Bab, the Martyrdom of the Bab, the Birth of the Bab and the Birth of Baha'u'llah. It is not a perfect solution, but it works. Except for The Birth of the Bab, the new dates are only one or day away from the old date, and I suspect that most Communities will make a big deal about the new "Twin Birthday Festival" in November, so you won't miss out.
To make up for any confusion this may cause, we have dropped the price of the calendar almost in half, making this big, beautiful American/Baha'i calendar the best deal around. Here's why, even with the added corrections, these are the most useful, beautiful and easy to read Baha'i calendars available:
More useful: Our calendars include popular American holidays alongside Bahá'í Feasts and Holy Days. You can tell, for example, when Thanksgiving falls in relation to the Day of the Covenant. National holidays, and other important days like Mother's Day are marked with squares, while Bahá’í Feasts and Holy Days are marked in different colors of circles.
More beautiful: Two new works of art by two different artists grace this vibrant calendar. The art for 2014 was Tracery - a pastel/watercolor by Colette Odya Smith that illustrates the quotation "Whither can a lover go but to the land of his beloved?" It captures the mystery and longing that draws us towards the light of God. Colette is an artist from Wisconsin. More of her work can be seen here. Though the year is almost over, it is not too late to enjoy the beauty of this image.
The art for 2015 is by one of my favorite artists, Charity Hofert, whose work can be seen here. She did our We Are All Related T-shirt, the Prayer for Expectant Mothers cards, and the children's book First Prayers for Tender Plants. Her cheerfully detailed style looks great on any wall. The image is a series of frames leading into a window looking at a 9-pointed star, representing God. It captures the spirit of the quotation "Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within the, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting."
Each of these will beautify your home or office and attract comments and questions.
Easier to read: The 2015 side of this 2-sided calendar displays 12 months, starting in January and ending with December, with months arranged horizontally so you will find them where you expect them to be. The numbers are big and bold, and they change color at the beginning of each Bahá'í month to make it easier to visualize the change of the months in the Bahá'í year. A complete list of all holidays can be found in the right-hand column on BOTH sides, so you don’t need to flip it over to see what Holy Day it is, or whether you should ask to get off of work. The list of holidays is color-coded and listed chronologically for easy reference.
Printed on extra-heavy 11x17” 16pt cardstock it comes scored and folded in half for easy shipping. This year we've returned to our heavy glossy UV coating that really makes the colors pop and minimizes scuffing.
SHIPPING ADVICE: While it is possible to ship these 1st class or in a small flat-rate priority envelope, they are less likely to arrive bent if you choose Priority or Medium flat-rate priority instead - especially if you order these with anything that is not also flat. If they are ordered with books, they can ship media mail, but not if there are non-book items included in the order.