An evening with the great Persian poet, Ferdowsi

National Ferdowsi Day.

Every year Iranians pay homage to al-Hakim Abul-Qasim Ferdowsi, the great Persian poet whose “Shahnameh” is regarded as the world's longest epic poem written by a single poet.

On May 14 (25 Ordibehesht) Iranians commemorate the Great Persian poet Ferdowsi.

Abol-Ghasem Ferdowsi Tusi, (Ṭus, 940 – Ṭus, 1020), is the greatest epic poet of medieval Persian literature. Ferdowsi, is a poet and a man who has no equal in Persian reading. This is why 25 ordibehesht, the second month in the Persian calendar, is commemorated in the official calendar of Iran as the national day of Ferdowsi.

Ferdowsi, who dates back to the beginning of Persian literature of the Islamic era, was born in a village near Tus in north-eastern Persia. His father was a rich landowner. His grandiose epic-literary work called Shahnameh (“Book of Kings”), to which he dedicated approximately 35 years of his life, was originally composed to be presented to the Samanid rulers, who were the leaders of the Iranian cultural revival movement after the conquest of the country by the Arabs during the XNUMXth century.


The Cultural Institute of Iran in collaboration with DIRUZ organizes  

An Afternoon with Ferdowsi


And now that the illustrious

my poem is finished, all the world

resounds with my verses. Anyone who hosts

intact wisdom and faith in his heart

he will praise me after my death,

but I will never die: I am alive

since I sowed the seed of my verses. 



Tuesday 14 May at 21.00 pm

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Ferdowsi (935-1020)

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