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Ferdowsi bust sculpture in Cypress

Ferdowsi bust sculpture in Cypress

On Ferdowsi Commemoration Day yesterday, a bust sculpture of Hakim Abol-Ghassem Ferdowsi, the great Persian poet, has been unveiled in Nicosia by the IR of Iran Embassy.  

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Ferdowsi, Iranian Shahnameh, Our Today

Ferdowsi, Iranian Shahnameh, Our Today

The Book of Kings [Shahnameh of Ferdowsi] is one of Iran’s greatest literary legacies still murmuring the heroic lifestyles of ancient peoples and kings of the Empire in verse for the Iranian nation and Persian speakers around the world after the passing of many centuries. It is composed in three parts of mythology, heroism, and history.  

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Chaharshanbeh Suri - The festival of fire

Chaharshanbeh Suri - The festival of fire

Iran has had a long tradition of holding festivals, and Chaharshanbeh Suri is one of the ancient Iranian festivals of fire and a prelude to Nowruz. Many Iranian festivals have been forgotten during the course of history, but Chaharshanbeh Suri, on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year, is a night which, according to ancient Iranian rituals, people light a great fire that sometimes burns until dawn. They jump over bonfires and sing “[let] your ruddiness [be] mine, my paleness yours” to give their illnesses, problems and sorrows to the fire, and the fire gives them its warmth and ruddiness instead.

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The great Ferdowsi and “Shahnameh”

The great Ferdowsi and “Shahnameh”

January 21 is the birthday of Hakim Abolghassem Ferdowsi, the great Persian poet whose epic Book of Kings “Shahnameh” has been introduced as one of the world’s three top works by Unesco.

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WorldSoccer names Iran 2nd top team

WorldSoccer names Iran 2nd top team

In the final hours of 2017, WorldSoccer magazine has announced its list of top teams in the world. Iran’s National Team Melli has been named as the best team in Asia and takes a shared second rank as the second best team in the world. Real Madrid tops the list with 57 votes. Iran’s national team took second place with two votes alongside Brazil, Germany, Iceland, and Monaco.

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“Sa’di” a doll on the opera stage

“Sa’di” a doll on the opera stage

“Sa’di”, a puppet opera written, designed, and directed by Behrouz Gharibpur, will go on stage at the Ferdowsi Hall in Tehran from 31 December 2017. The repertoire of Aran Company, headed by Behrouz Gharibpur will also play at the Ferdowsi Hall from 3-9 March 2018.

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Red-Haired Woman inspired by the Kings

Red-Haired Woman inspired by the Kings

Orhan Pamuk is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2006. In his latest interview with Slate Magazine he speaks of how he was inspired by the Shahnameh Book of Kings by Ferdowsi and Oedipus the King by Sophocles when writing his new novel The Red-Haired Woman.  

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Persian Trilogy    (music)

Persian Trilogy (music)

Artist: Behzad Ranjbaran Album: Persian Trilogy Genre: Classical Year: 2005   (Persia Digest) – Three major legends from Ferdowsi’s Book of Kings “Shahnameh” are used to create Behzad Ranjbaran’s work, transformed into an Iranian masterpiece, The Persian Trilogy, by the London Symphony Orchestra; a classical, romantic piece with elements of modern music.

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