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Customs and Traditions of Afghanistan

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Customs and Traditions
of Afghanistan by: Myles, Lucas, Zoie, Kyle Religion The official religion in Afghanistan is Islam, which is practiced by over 99% of its citizens. Sunni Islam makes up 80-89% of the total population while the remaining 10-19% are Shi'as population growth rate of 3.85%. Afghanistan has the fastest growing Muslim population in the world. Clothing Traditions Afghanistan Food Dining Etiquette Women are responsible for household duties.
Whereas men will be the providers.
Women usually don't provide income, but in some cities professional women do exist.
Families arrange marriages for their kids.
Families traditionally live together.
It is the males job to protect the honor of the family. Family and Gender Responsibilities Always take off your shoes at the door.
Sit cross-legged on the floor on a cushion.
Everyone shares from the same dish.
Do NOT eat with your left hand. Always pass and receive with your right hand.
Eat with the ball of your fingertips. Afghan people are fond of non-vegetarian dishes, and they don't use cutlery. They are very hospitable and serve their guests with the best possible food. Muslims are to pray five times a day - at dawn, noon afternoon, sunset, and evening.
Friday is the Muslim holy day. Most shops and offices will be closed.
During the holy month of Ramadan all muslims must fast from dawn to dusk. Fasting includes no eating, drinking, cigarette smoking, or gum chewing.
At the Center of the village is their mosque. Women must always dress properly to avoid unwanted attention. Always wear loose fitting pants under your skirts and be sure the definition of your legs is indistinguishable. Women should always wear headscarves in public.
The goal for women is to dress modestly and to show as little flesh from the neck down. If women don't dress modestly their husbands will not be respected.
Men should wear conservative suits and shoes.
Children dress like Westerners. Honor Code Honor has a lot to do with a persons reputation.
Honor is based on friends and family, protection of females, education, hospitality, and the economy.
Individual family status depends on the society's value system based on concepts defined in Islam. Meeting and Greeting When meeting someone the handshake is the most common form on greeting. You will also see people place their hands over their hearts and nod slightly.
Women and Men will never shake hands or speak directly to one another.
Eye contact should also be avoided with men and women. Random Traditions The Vernal Equinox, which means "new day" is on March 21 and it is the most celebrated holiday.
During gatherings, poetry is recited, and the ability to write it is important.
at gatherings male and females dance the dance attan.
Afghan weddings are big social events and last for many days.
Afghans national sport is Buzkashi.
There are two languages. Pashtu and Dari. Works Cited "Afghanistan-Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette." Kwintessential. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Nov. 2012. <http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/afghanistan.html>."Afghanistan." U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State, 17 Nov. 2010. Web. 08 Nov. 2012. <http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/2010/148786.htm>.Onsutti, Alessandro M. "Countries and Their Cultures." Culture of Afghanistan. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Nov. 2012. <http://www.everyculture.com/A-Bo/Afghanistan.html>.
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