KINSHASA, Democratic Republic Of The Congo — Anticipation for Saturday morning’s opening of the national House of Worship is building. Over 2,000 guests from across the country are expected for the dedication ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. local time, 9:00 a.m. GMT.
The inauguration of the temple will mark a historic milestone—the first ever national House of Worship to be dedicated in the Bahá’í world.
Over the past week, growing numbers of people have been arriving at the site of the temple—some travelling for as much as 10-days—to assist with preparations.
Vanessa Masengu, who is among those arriving early for tomorrow’s program, says: “Whatever your tribe, religion, or background we will all be here together. This will show everyone, especially the youth of our society, that we are united, because here there are no barriers.”
She adds: “This temple is open to us all.”
The images below provide a glimpse of the preparations currently underway.
Preparations are currently under way for the dedication ceremony.
Some of the members of the choir practicing for Saturday morning’s ceremony.
Volunteers prepare the surrounding gardens and fountain on the temple site.
Temple director Bob Mpunga Tshimanga and ushers discussing plans for the inauguration.
A press conference for the temple’s dedication was held for local and national media in the days leading up to the inauguration.