Zarif commemorates National Ferdowsi Day

TEHRAN, May 15 (MNA) – Iranian foreign minister commemorated National Ferdowsi Day on 15 May in an Instagram post.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif commemorated National Ferdowsi Day in an Instagram post this morning by sharing a photo of unveiling busts of Ferdowsi, Hafez, Saadi and Rudaki (Persian poets) in the courtyard of the Iranian Embassy in Moscow as well as a piece of Ferdowsi’s poem.

May 15 is considered a significant cultural event for Iranians to commemorate the great Persian poet Ferdowsi.

Ferdowsi is celebrated as the most influential figure in Persian literature. The Shahnameh (“The Book of Kings”) is Ferdowsi’s only surviving work regarded as indisputable genuine. It is the national epic of the Iranian people that describes the history of Persia from the ancient times until the Islamic conquest in the 7th century. Ferdowsi spent over three decades writing the Shahnameh. The result of his work is the world’s longest epic poem written by a single author; it is twice as long as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey combined. The book about the Persian kings, written entirely in Persian, played a key role in the revival of this language and made a significant contribution to the development of Persian literature.


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