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Iran commemorates national Attar Day

Culture - Iran has commemorated the national Attar Day to pay tribute to the prominent mystic 13th-century Persian poet, Farid al-Din Attar Neishabouri.

A number of scholars and literature lovers attended a gala held in Tehran’s Hosseinieh Ershad on Saturday to celebrate the poet’s national day.

Some 40 books on Attar’s poetry and his life were also displayed during an exhibition at the one-day event.

Many people and societies in Iran and several other countries annually celebrate the birthday of Iran's famous poet Attar Neishabouri on April 13.

“Attar presented his poems with plain and simple words through an impressive pastoral style,” Professor Daniela Meneghini of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice had earlier said during an international meeting held at the University.

Attar (1145-1221CE) was a great Persian mystic, poet, and a master of narrative though he was not discovered until the 15th century.

Born in Neishabour, Attar was a poet of the Seljuk dynasty and his works were mostly inspired by Mowlavi and other mystic Iranian poets.

Mantiq al-Tayr, Mokhtar-Nama, Mosibat-Nama and Elahi-Nama are among his better-known works.

Mantiq al-Tayr (The Conference of the Birds) is known as an incontestable masterpiece in Persian literature and has been translated into many languages.

He traveled widely throughout Egypt, Turkistan and India during his youth, and eventually returned to live in the northeastern city of Iran, Neishabour, where he was also laid to rest.

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