0249 GMT June 19, 2021
Iranian Minister of Heritage, Culture, Tourism and Handicrafts Ali-Asghar Mounesan said that the city of Shiraz in Iran’s southwestern province of Fars is famous for its literary and historical heritage.
He made the statement in a message on his Twitter account, sending congratulations on National Shiraz Day, which falls on May 5, IRNA wrote.
During the second month of the Iranian calendar year, the beauties of Shiraz are twice as much as usual, and that’s why May 5 was denoted as Shiraz Day, the minister said.
Eram Garden, Afif-Abad Garden, the Hafez Tomb, the Sa’di Tomb, Jaame Mosque of Atiq, and Persepolis are among the historical, cultural, and ancient sites of Shiraz that attract numerous domestic and foreign tourists.
Every year on this day, different ceremonies are held in this city, but this year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the historical, cultural, and literary sites of the city do not receive visitors, ifilmtv.com wrote.
Shiraz is the fifth most populous city in Iran, located in southwestern Iran. It has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for over a thousand years.
Hafez is most famous for his ‘Divan’ (a collection of works), and among the many English translations of this poems are those by Gertrude Bell and H. Wilberforce Clarke.
Encyclopedia Britannica comments that the extraordinary popularity of Hafez’s poetry in all Persian-speaking lands stems from his simple and often colloquial, though musical, language, free from artificial virtuosity, and his unaffected use of homely images and proverbial expressions.
Shiraz is home to some of the country’s most magnificent buildings and sights. Increasingly, it draws more and more foreign and domestic sightseers flocking to this provincial capital, which was the literary capital of Persia during the Zand Dynasty, from 1751 to 1794.