Iran commemorates National Day of Hafez
Iranians are commemorating their renowned poet, Hafez, both in his birthplace the southern city of Shiraz, where his tomb is located, and also in Tehran's culture house.
Shams al-Din Mohammad Hafez-e Shirazi, better known as 'Hafez', is a well-known Iranian mystic and poet who is revered as one of the most influential Persian poets of all time. He is greatly admired for his work and poetry.
He was born sometime between the years 1310-1337, in the city of Shiraz, in southern Iran.
He memorized the Holy Quran by listening to his father's recitations at an early age, thus he is called 'Hafez' (which literally means 'one who has memorised' [the Holy Quran]).
National Day of Hafez is held each year on 12th October.
Last evening a ceremony commemorating Hafez's anniversary was held at the Tomb of Hafez, in the presence of Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Seyyed Abbas Salehi, Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, Ali Asghar Mounesan, and a group of senior officials of Fars province.
A number of Iranian scholars, poets, and literati will also gather at Tehran’s Ebn-e-Sina Cultural House to celebrate Hafez Day on Saturday 12 October.