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Photos: Celebrating Norouz with Hafez and Saadi

Photos by Mehdi Yazdani, Mehr News Agency

One of the favorite destinations for Iranians traveling during the Persian New Year Norouz holidays is the tombs of the poets. These photos show the Norouz travelers visiting the tombs of the great Iranian poets Hafez and Saadi in Shiraz, known as the City of Poets, Literature, Wine and Flowers.

Hafez was a Persian mystic and poet. He was born sometime between the years 1310 and 1337 in Shiraz, Medieval Persia. John Payne, who has translated the Diwan Hafez, regards Hafez as the greatest poet of the world. His lyrical poems, known as ghazals, are noted for their beauty and bring to fruition the love, mysticism, and early Sufi themes that had long pervaded Persian poetry. Moreover, his poetry possessed elements of modern surrealism.

Hafez's tomb

Saadi (Born 1184 CE, Died 1283/1291 CE) was one of the major Persian poets of the medieval period. He is not only famous in Persian-speaking countries, but he has also been quoted in western sources. He is recognized for the quality of his writings, and for the depth of his social and moral thoughts.

Saadi's tomb

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