Among the programs is the unveiling of an illuminated manuscript of Hafez’s poetry, which has been purchased recently by the National Library and Archives of Iran.

The manuscript, dating back three centuries, includes artistic tazhibs (Islamic art of illumination) and 94 related photos.

A permanent member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature, Hassan Anvari, will give a speech at the library.

Every year, Iranian people flock to the tomb of Hafez, known as Hafezieh, in Shiraz, southwestern Iran, to pay tribute to the Persian poet.

Hafez (1325–1389) lived in Shiraz. His collection of poetry was compiled by his disciples and is known as ‘Divan-e Hafez’.

He memorized the Holy Qur’an at an early age, which earned him the nickname ‘Hafez’ (meaning memorizer or ‘keeper’).

His poetry is mostly about mystical themes and is commonly considered to be the zenith of Persian poetry.

His life and poems have become the subjects of much analysis, commentary and interpretation, influencing post-14th century Persian writing more than any other author.

Source: Iran Daily