nineteen days

about nineteen days

nineteen days started in 2008 as a collaborative photography project inspired by the Bahá’í Fast.

Most of the contributors are members of the Bahá’í Faith—a world religion that has as its fundamental purpose the unification of all the peoples of the world. You can learn more about the Bahá’í Faith here.

As Bahá’ís we are enjoined to fast from sunrise to sunset for nineteen days, from March 2nd to March 20th.

It is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recuperation, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent in his soul. Its significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character.

–Shoghi Effendi —

Now in its sixth year, nineteen days is a way to share with all of you moments of our early mornings and early evenings for the nineteen days of the Bahá’í Fast. Friends from all over the world contribute each year, and every day a different pair of photographers will be sharing glimpses of their Fasting experiences.

Participants will be waking up before dawn to have breakfast, pray and prepare for the day. They will be sitting down at sunset to break the fast, pray and reflect.  Inspirational passages from the Bahá’í Sacred Writings are included in the daily postings, along with photographers’ personal thoughts.

Meet last year’s contributors here.

nineteen days, vol one (a book collecting images and thoughts from the 2009 Fast) is currently sold out. We will let you know when it available again!

You can find us on twitter here, and on facebook here.

We are so glad to have you here, and we’d love to hear from you—so don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

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  1. Spring said, on March 18, 2011 at 12:05 am

    It is the most blessing days of a year. I love this spiritual life style. And hope it will extend.

  2. […] A very cool collaborative art project that takes place every year during the Baha’i Fast is Nineteen Days, a project started by friends and fellow bloggers Leila and Amy. […]

  3. Chelsea-Zafar Smith said, on January 31, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Hi there, I was wondering what your policy is on using photographs from your site – I would love to share some on my blog (can I just do this and link to the correct post)? Thanks so much 🙂

    • amysahba said, on February 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Hi Chelsea,
      I am so sorry for not responding to you sooner – we tend to hibernate between one Fast and the other so I didn’t notice your comment until now. You are welcome to use the photos on nineteendays to link back to us (and a direct credit to the specific photographers would also be appreciated i am sure).

      All the best!

  4. curiouscreativity said, on March 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Great project! Will certainly fuel our energies during this fast!

  5. Dianne said, on February 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Please I would very much like to know if you will continue this wonderful site this fast – 2013/170BE. Thank you.

  6. Jeffrey said, on March 20, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Dear Leila and Amy,
    Greetings! The selections this year were wonderful, as always. I publish Collaborator Magazine, a Baha’i inspired digital periodical and am interested in re-using the images. Would the link-back and credits suffice also for commercial purposes?

    Also, I am interested in re-publishing the book, and/or publishing a new version. Please contact me via to discuss this further.

    Happy Naw-Ruz!

    • amysahba said, on March 20, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Hi Jeffrey,
      we’ll be in touch personally. Thanks for reaching out.

  7. Dianne said, on March 6, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Hey guys, Thanks, again for a wonderful companion to the Fast. I look forward to the posts each day after prayers and breakfast. I would so appreciate it if you could help me find a comment made by one of the contributors – I think from last year. She (or he, I don’t remember) talks about the fast when, as a child her/his parents would wake up all the kids to pray and eat breakfast together. I so want to share that with some Bahá’í families in my community and now I can’t find it. I’m so sure I saw it just yesterday, looking through older posts, but now I can’t find it. Help, please?

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