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Photos: Ferdowsi Day Celebrations in Tous, Iran

Photos by Mohammad Jahanfar, ISNA; report by Press TV

Iranians across the country have celebrated the national day of the highly revered Iranian epic poet Ferdowsi on May 15. Also, a special program was held at the tomb of Ferdowsi in the city of Tous.

Ferdowsi, one of the greatest Iranian poets, was born in 935 CE in a small village named Paj near Tous in Khorasan which is situated in today's Razavi Khorasan province in Iran.

Ferdowsi's magnum opus the Shahnameh, or 'The Book of Kings' is considered one of the masterpieces of Persian literature, and has had considerable influence on subsequent literary works.

Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

The renowned poet is honored for his efforts to restore Iran's cultural traditions after the conquest of Iran in the seventh century.

He devoted over 35 years of his life to the creation of the Shahnameh, which recounts Iran's mythical and historic past.

The romance of Zal and Rudaba, the Seven Labors of Rostam, Rostam and Sohrab, Siavash and Sudaba, the romance of Bizhan and Manizheh and Rostam and Esfandyar are among the most popular Shahnameh stories.

On May 8, a bust of Ferdowsi was installed at the University of Oxford's Wadham College Library.

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