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It’s National Omar Khayyam Day in Iran

May 18, 2012

A message from Iranian friends reminds us that 18th May is National Omar Khayyam Day in Iran, when the Iranians also celebrate the birthday of their famous ancestor.  We can’t find any news of this year’s celebrations on the web so far, but the Fars News Agency comment on on the 2011 anniversary is still available  We believe that it was on this day in 2009 that a bust of Edward FitzGerald was unveiled at Omar Khayyam’s mausoleum in Nishapur – one up on Britain where there is still no such memorial to the Victorian interpreter of the Rubaiyat verses.  Anyhow special greetings to Iranian readers on this auspicious day.

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  1. May 19, 2012 8:50 am

    There was this article on The News Tribe of May 18; “Great Muslim mathematician Omar Khayyam’s 964th Birthday today”, by Areeb Hasni. See:

    It seems that the Theran Times also had a story on Khayyám’s anniversary, called: “Khayyam, a man of deep thought” (‘Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet Omar Khayyam Neyshaburi (1048-1131) is commemorated annually on May 17, which is Khayyam Day in Iran’), but the link by Google alerts only provides a 404 – Error:

  2. May 20, 2012 4:12 pm

    Thanks for the update of information. We have the same problem with the Tehran Times Khayyam article. That address does not yield anything (sometimes we get ‘you do not have authority to access that article’?) and there is nothing current from a search of Omar Khayyam on the site. Strange!

  3. coumans permalink
    June 10, 2012 7:37 am

    Tehran Times (online 9 June, in print 10 June) reports that the “18th Annual World Sacred Music Festival opened in Fez, Morocco on June 8, with a special tribute paid to Persian poet and mathematician Omar Khayyam (1048-1131)”. Read more on

  4. June 11, 2012 9:10 am

    Thanks for that information. Khayyam does get around. That would be a fascinating festival to go to sometime!

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