Iran is planning to celebrate the classical medieval Persian poet and mystic Sa’adi National Day during various ceremonies in Shiraz.
Many Iranian and foreign literary scholars are to attend the commemoration ceremonies that will be held in the poet’s hometown Shiraz on April 20 and 21.
The mausoleum of the great poet in shiraz is to host the opening ceremony of the program on Sunday night. A number of officials along with many writers and Persian literature lovers will be attending the celebration.
Organized by the Center for the Study of Sa’adi, the next round of the program will be held at Fars National Library and Archives in Shiraz on Monday, April 21.
The meeting will focus on the tradition and innovation in Sa’adi’s various works. Scholars Asghar Dadbeh, Mir Jalaleddin Kazzazi, Sirous Shamisa, Gholam Reza Khaki and the Spanish translator of the poet’s book Golestan , Joaquin Rodríguez Vargas, will deliver speeches.
The National Sa’adi Day is annually celebrated on April 21 in different Iranian cities as well as several countries.
Born in Shiraz in 1194 CE, Sa’adi is best-known for his books Boustan and Golestan which present a peculiar blend of human kindness and cynicism, humor, and resignation in the form of stories and personal anecdotes.
His proficiency in Persian literature confers on him the title ‘Master of Prose and Poetry’.
He is also remembered as a great panegyrist and lyricist, the author of a number of masterly odes portraying human experience, and particular odes collected in Ghazaliyat (Sonnets) and Qasa’id (Odes).
Sa’adi is known world-wide for one of his aphorisms, which adorns the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the United Nations building in New York.
Andre du Ryer was the first European who presented Sa’adi to the West by means of a partial French translation of the Golestan in 1634.
By Press TV
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