A number of events have been organized in the year 2009, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Edward FitzGerald's first version of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám and the transaltor's 200th birthday. Most activities took place in the USA, the UK and the Netherlands, and on a smaller scale in Iran. See the review of the Rubáiyát celebrations by Bill Martin and Sandra Mason. See also their full list of 2009 events.
Activities were organized in various formulas: exhibitions, conferences and lectures, concerts, press and media moments and last but not least, a number of new editions of the Rubáiyát saw the light.