Cyrus the Great Day

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A cake in the shape of the Cyrus Cylinder and a cake in the shape of the Tomb of Cyrus at Pasargadae

Cyrus the Great Day or Cyrus Day, روز کوروش October 29 (7th of Aban آبان) is the anniversary of the entrance of Cyrus II into Babylon. It is named the day of Cyrus The Great by the "Save Pasargard" Institute,[1] but is not registered in any national or international calendar. Cyrus the Great was the first 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 empire covering modern Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel (mainly these countries and the region including them as well as Jordan historically called and known as Sham). 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 countries such as Iran, the United States and the United Kingdom. It was, for instance, celebrated in the city of Cambridge in 2009 and 2010.[5]

On October 28, 2016 in Pasargad, near Shiraz, thousands of youth chanted, "Cyrus is our father, Iran is our country" and added, "Freedom of thought, cannot be accomplished with beards" referring to the current rulers of Iran.[6]


  1. ^ "منشور کورش بزرگ". Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  2. ^ "Archived Blog: Happy Cyrus Day". 2011-07-28. 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. 
  6. ^ "Thousands of Iranians gather in Pasargard for demonstration against the regime". Retrieved 2016-10-28. 

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