Tradition and Culture
Roles and Rules in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, there are many traditions and cultures. For example, a tradition in Afghanistan is that people respect women and close relatives. In addition, young Afghans must respect their parents and elders. Women and men have different roles in Afghanistan. Women are responsible for many things, including household chores. The male's job is to protect the honor of the family. Also, in Afghanistan, the family chooses who their children are going to marry. They usually chose people who were wealthy and had a good status. Families lived in the same walled room, called a kala. When a son or daughter married someone, both of them would live in a room in the same house.
According to Afghan culture, honor has a lot to do with a person's reputation and the people who are friends with them. Honor in Afghanistan is based on the protection of females, education, and the economy. One necessary aspect of the culture in Afghanistan is hospitality. When Afghans greet each other, one person says "Asalamo Alikom" and the other says "Walikom Wa Salam." Also, when two people greet each other, they have a handshake. Afghans also put their right or left over their heart and they nod a little. Women and men are not allowed to shake hands with each other, speak to each other, or have eye contact. The two languages that are spoken in Afghanistan are Pashtu and Dari.
Both male and female Afghans have to wear tradition clothing. The traditional clothes that male Afghans have to wear are a Packol(hat), Lungee(turban), and a Chapan(coat). For females, they have to wear a long dress. Some females wear a chador, which is a piece of clothing that covers the head, shoulders, and face, but not the eyes. If the weather is cold, both males and females can wear sweaters, jackets, and coats.
Sports and Traditional Gatherings in Afghanistan
The Vernal Equinox, which means "new day," is on March 21 and it is the most celebrated holiday. During gatherings, poetry is recited. Afghans believe that being able to write and recite poetry is important. In addition, at gatherings, both males and females dance a dance called attan. Afghan weddings are excellent social events and they can last for many days. Afghanistan's national sport is Buzkashi.