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Teacher's day celebrated in Iran

Report by Press TV; photos by Mehdi Ghasemi, ISNA

Iran celebrates National Teacher's day, commemorating the martyrdom of Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari, a renowned writer and a timeless teacher. Today, May 1, you may see many a flower laden person hurrying off to work or school in Tehran on this, Iran's National Teacher's day.

Youngsters clutch bunches of flowers in their hands as they hurry off to school, hoping to be the first to surprise their teacher on his or her special day, but it is not just children who uphold this tradition.

Teaching is a profession considered sacred in Iran, as it is in many parts of the world, and young and old sustain an undying respect for those who strove so hard to increase their knowledge, honoring them with a small gift or flowers on this day.

As it is all over the world, the teaching profession is a labor of love in Iran. Teachers can never be thanked enough for their selfless toil; or paid enough for that matter, but the few words of acknowledgement he or she receives from an appreciative student can make all the difference.

Iranians celebrate Teacher's day on May 1 in memory of Ayatollah Motahhari, a man who devoted his life to opening up and writing about Islamic teachings and who was martyred on the same day in 1980.

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