‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Europe, 1913: Centenary Commemorations Marking the Master’s Visits to the United Kingdom and France

The centenary commemoration of  `Abdu’l-Bahá’s 239-day visit to North America ended in December. To mark ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s final day in New York City on December 5, 1912, New York Bahá’ís gathered at the New York harbor on December 5, 2012, to pray, sing, and wave at passing ships—a symbolic remembrance of the Master’s departure a century earlier.

Now European Bahá’ís are beginning their commemoration of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s 1913 visit. At least four websites chronicle the time the Master spent in the United Kingdom and France.

The Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom have a website where commemorative events and stories will be regularly posted to mark the two visits the Master made there.

The Edinburgh Bahá’í Community in Scotland has recently purchased for its center a home that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visited in 1913.  You can view photos of the restoration of this interesting building by clicking on the link and then selecting “Centre.”

The Facebook page Periplo de Abdu’l-Baha al Occidente, in Spanish, is following ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s entire three-year journey in the West. Facebook provides a translation link so that you can read the posts in English. The site contains many photographs and postcard images from the time of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

Abdu’l-Baha Centenaire at Facebook includes text in French. But, even if you cannot read French, you will enjoy several albums of historical photographs from around the world, including ones featuring New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago in the United States and Alexandria, Egypt.