Persian Language Day at the University of Bucharest 

Persian Language Day at the University of Bucharest 

Sara Esterabadeyan comments on Rumi and Hafez’s poetry (source: YouTube)

Iranian studies students and professors, Iran experts and diplomats attended an event to celebrate Persian language and culture

Vladimir Mitev

On 23 May 2022, many people passionate about Persian culture and Iran gathered to celebrate Persian Language Day at the University of Bucharest. The event, dedicated to the author of the epic “Shahnameh” Ferdowsi, included several presentations by Iranian studies students as well as speeches by people in the audience who are familiar with Iranian culture.

The event was held in the presence of the Iranian Ambassador to Bucharest, His Excellency Seyed Hossein Sadat Meydani, the Vice-Rector in charge of Students and Internationalization at the University of Bucharest, Prof. Prof. Mugur Zlotea, the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, prof. Mr. Laura Sitaru, and the former Romanian Ambassador in Tehran, Mr. Cristian Teodoroscu. The event was hosted by the lecturers of the Department of Persian Language and Literature at the University of Bucharest, Assistant Professor Adela Chiru and Lecturer Cristina Ciovarnache. And the students who gave presentations on different aspects of Iranian culture were from the 3rd and 1st year: Yasmina Miku (who spoke about Khayyam), Matei Catalan (on the Persian language and Ferdowsi’s role in the continuity of the language), Shirin Zawarog (on Iranian food), Luisa Moțoi (on her vision of Iran as a country of nobles) and Diana Fănică (on Iranian art). Some guests from the audience also took the floor, such as Dr Mihai Cernatescu, an expert on Iranian culture and lecturer at the University of Piteşti specialising in Islamic studies, and Vladimir Mitev, a PhD student in Iranian literature at Sofia University.

Some of the hallmarks of the event were dedication, curiosity and an attempt at mental attunement that allows one to explore the rich and complex universe of the Iranians. The event ended with a poetry recital of some famous Iranian poets and a commentary on their works by Sara Esterabadeyan, an Iranian who has lived in Romania for a long time. The highlight of the event was when Sara gave the audience a key to entering the Iranian mystical world – for example, the concept of the “whole person” and the fact that there is a primordial truth about man from which we have drifted away in earthly life, but to which we can rejoin through a process of spiritual purification from earthly accumulations of “pollution”/power. 

The Persian Bridge of Friendship blog was invited to the event. Below you can see more videos about different parts of the event with English subtitles. Among others, such events contribute to better contacts between those interested in Iran and deserve support and media coverage.

Photo. The Iranian Ambassador in Bucharest – His Excellency Seyed Hossein Sadat Meydani, the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Bucharest – Prof. Laura Sitaru, and the assistant Adela Chiru from the Department of Persian Language and Literature at the University of Bucharest (source: YouTube)

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