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Todays is Ram Izad, the 21th day of Zoroastrian calendar, 16 of Shahrivar solar

Birthday of Houshang Moradi Kermani: Famous Children’s Writer

Today is the holy day of Ram Izad of the month of Shahrivar, Nabor, the day of abstention from eating meat, 21 of Shahrivar, Tuesday, 16 of Shahrivar in the year 3759 Zoroastrian calendar, September 7, 2021 AD.

16th of Shahrivar is the birthday of Houshang Moradi Kermani, a talented and ingenious contemporary writer. He is best known for writing books for children and adolescents, and a number of his stories have been made into movies.

There are very few among book readers who have not read at least one story written by Housang Moradi Kermani. The most popular of his writings is “The Tales of Majid”. With an optimistic look, Moradi Kermani approaches the actual life events that has happened to him, using irony in his language. His masterful storytelling, fluent prose and a compassionate insight, have made his stories outstanding and exemplary. Houshang Moradi Kermani was born on Shahrivar 16, 1333, in the village of Sirch in the Shahdad district of Kerman. He studied until the fifth grade of the elementary school in Sirch, where he was born and lived with his grandparents. He had a particular interest in reading since he was a child. Houshang’s young uncle, the village teacher, was interested in reading and literature, and his grandfather was a writer. His grandfather and uncle were his sources of inspiration.

After primary education, he went to Kerman and lived there until he was 15 years old, and it was during this period that he also got attracted towards cinema. Moradi Kermani has described this period of his life in his unique book “You’re No Stranger Here” with the utmost simplicity and beauty. Then he came to Tehran, studied at the Faculty of Cinema and Theater of Tehran University of Arts and received a bachelor’s degree in language translation. But, what made him famous was the unique stories he has written for children and teenagers, and also, of course, adults. On his return to Kerman, he began working with Kerman Radio and gradually began writing. Houshang Moradi Kermani’s first story is named “The Alley of Happy People”, published in Khoshe magazine in 1347 under the editorship of Ahmad Shamloo. He later wrote two books “Masoumeh” and “I am a frightened gazelle.”

Moradi Kermani’s works have been translated into various languages such as German, Esperanto, English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, Armenian and Hindi. Interesting films have been made from many of his stories. “The Tales of Majid”, a lasting and beautiful movie of Iranian cinema directed by Kioomars Poorahmad, “Mum’s Guest” (Dariush Mehrjoui) and “Like the full Moon” (Mohammad Ali Talebi) are among the most famous of them. The Tales of Majid won him a special prize in the “Selected Book of 1364”.

The children of the carpet workshop came out to be a nightmare for him and his peers. This book was translated into Russian language and published in Russia. In 1359 (solar calendar) this book was selected as the choice book of the Children’s Book Council and also the jury of the Hans Christian Andersen World Prize. This book also became the choice book of the University of San Francisco in 2000.

Among his other books, we can mention the Polo Khoresh (story collection), cucumber bottom (story collection), the tandoor (story collection), a teaspoon (story collection), The Water Urn, The palm, cushion, neither wet nor dry, and a sweet jam.

“Teaspoon” is the latest work of this author, which was unveiled at the 98th Book Fair. He is the author of the screenplays for “Kakoli”, “Tick Tock”, and “Rice Bag”. The works of Houshang Moradi Kermani have brought him many awards and honors. Among these awards are the 1994 Austrian Children and Adolescents Book Award in 1994, the Crystal Simorgh Award for Best Screenplay at the 12th Fajr Film Festival, the Mehregan Adab Award, the Costa Rican Writer of the Year Award, and the 1995 Jose Martini Award. The IBBY World Center’s plaque of honor, the Astrid Lindgren World Prize nomination, and the 1984 and 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Prize, known as the little noble prize, are just part of his honors. He has won the title of “the character of all times”, and is a permanent member of the cultural center for Persian language and literature.

Houshang Moradi Kermani, a famous Iranian writer, officially quit writing at the end of 2009 and said farewell to the world of writers.

Ram or Izad Ram, which is mentioned in Avesta as Ram or Ramen and is called Ramshen or Ram in Pahlavi language, is one of the deities or goddesses in Zoroastrianism. This god, who has also been called Vay, is the guardian of the twenty-first day of each month, called the day of Ram. Ram is the fourth day of ablution or abstinence from eating meat.

The word Ram means calm, happy, obedient, and it is still used in the same way or as Ram in the sense of peace, happiness, and agreement. In Zoroastrianism, Izad Ram is the guardian of the twenty-first day of each solar month, and in the Avesta, he is referred to as “the donor of good pasture and good food.” Also, in this ritual, a yellow wallflower has been dedicated to this god.

Next to Bahman (Vahman or Vahumana from Amshaspands) are his three assistants, the first of whom is the moon, the second is Gaushvarn, and the third is Ram, who is considered asymmetry of Vay and plays a unique role in life after death. Ram helps the virtuous and just spirits overcome difficulties and obstacles in the afterlife. Ram is also an aspect of time. He was the first spiritual physician to be entrusted with the treatment of pain.


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