Hafezieh, Shiraz- the Hafez (guardian) of love and mysticism
We want to travel to Shiraz, a city that possesses precious historical, cultural and literary heritage. Just walk in its streets in spring and you will be mesmerized by the pleasant scent of Citrus Aurantium and bewildered by the great heaven it pictures in front of you.
Each and every part of the city has so much to see that you will simply find yourself wandering for hours enjoying every moment. In the end, you will have made so many beautiful memories to bring back home.
When you feel like paying the historical sites a visit, you can easily locate one, stand by it appreciate their captivating styles, or you might want to go to a garden and get blessed with the charm of history and nature. Shiraz will certainly give you the best time to get thrilled and make unforgettable memories.
Now, we would like to choose a well-known area in the city and give you a tour worth your time. Among the so diverse structures in Shiraz, the tomb of Hafez, one of Iran’s greatest poets, stands out. Here, we embrace the grandeur of culture and civility and go straight to the tomb of Hafez and enjoy our host’s bounteous treat. Stay with Tour To Iran as we lead you to Hafezieh.
the tomb of Hafez, one of Iran’s greatest poets
Hafezieh in people’s opinion
There are tombs of many other prominent poets and mystics than Hafez in Shiraz who are also highly regarded in public opinion. Many people enter their tomb’s terrain following some special traditions. For example, some people perform wudu while others take off their shoes before they enter their grave sites to pay their respect.
Divan-e-Hafez (the collection of poems) is among the few books that is easily found on most Iranian people’s bookshelves. It is on Yalda night, the last night in autumn, and also during Noruz celebration that Iranians read the ghazals (sonnet) from this book usually in an attempt to know about their fortunes. Since Hafez is considered a highly religious figure, people believe in him and the readings from those poems. All this proves the sanctity of such places and their high value in Iran’s culture and decency.
Overall, the tomb of Hafez demonstrates the symbol of sun but other interpretations exist too. On the exterior side, the dome over the tomb symbolizes Turkish dervish’s hat in addition to being the symbol of sky. On the interior side, a set of numinous colors are used, each depicting a certain symbol:
Turquoise: symbol of heaven
Carmine: symbol of eternal wine
Black and white: symbol of day and night
Dark brown: symbol of soil
the tomb of Hafez demonstrates the symbol of sun
Khajeh Shamseddin Mohammad Hafiz-s Shirazi is known by his penname Hafez (the memorizer/the guardian depending on context). He is also famous by other titles too such as lesan-al-ghayb (the tongue of unseen), Tarjoman al asrar (translator of mysteries), Lesan al orafa (the tongue of mystics), and Nazem al-Awlia. He was born in 1315 and died in 1390A.D. Hafez became one of the world’s greatest writers and poets during his life in 14th century in Iran and left many beautiful ghazals. After his poems were translated to some European languages during 18th and 19th century, his fame was spread to the west. He became so famous that today, Persian literature is greatly influenced by Hafez’s name. Every year, a commemoration ceremony is held on September 30th in his memory.