Cyrus the Great Day

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Cyrus the Great Day or Cyrus Day, October 29 (7th of Aban) is the day that some Iranian nationalists believe it is the anniversary of the entrance of Cyrus into Babylon. It is the international day of Cyrus The Great[1] King of Persia, who declared the first charter of human rights in the world, also known as the Cyrus Cylinder.[2]

In October 539 BCE, the Persian king Cyrus took Babylon, the ancient capital of an oriental empire covering modern Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel. Several texts describe this event.[3] In the Nabonidus Chronicle, for instance, is written that in the month of Arahsamna, the third day (29 October), Cyrus entered Babylon.[4]

The day is celebrated, especially by Iranian communities, in different countries such as Iran (Persia), the United States and the United Kingdom. For example, it was celebrated in the city of Cambridge in 2009 and in 2010.[5]


  1. ^ "منشور کورش بزرگ". Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  2. ^ Posted at 2:46 PM (2011-07-28). "Archived Blog: Happy Cyrus Day". Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Cyrus takes Babylon". Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Cyrus takes Babylon: the Nabonidus chronicle". Retrieved 2014-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Cyrus Day". Retrieved 2013-04-19. 

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