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Golden Village

Golden Village

Nowabad (‘New Town’) is located in Shash Pul (‘Six Bridges’) in the east of Bamyan Central City approximately 12 km away from the center of Bamyan. The village is right on the paved road of Kabul-Bamyan, opposite of Zahak historical city. Four old men were sitting under the shadow in front of the shop in .. read more

10
Jul
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Kaka Rahim, the Clever Street boy

Kaka Rahim, the Clever Street boy

On a spring day of Mazar, Rahim an eight years old boy was walking around Government Press area, looking for customers to polish their shoes. Suddenly he heard children from inside the press courtyard. He was curious and was surprised when he saw some of his friends with street children making paper-flowers. Rahim is polishing .. read more

03
May
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Samanu, the Traditional Dish of Happy Moments

Samanu, the Traditional Dish of Happy Moments

Food is the substance providing nutritional support for the body but it also portrays cultural symbols which contribute in building the collective consensus and unique identity for every society. Often food communicates a special meaning or message. If you are familiar with traditions and customs in Afghanistan and Central Asian Countries, perhaps you know Samanu; .. read more

04
Apr
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Haft Mewa and Haft Seen, Nawruz Traditions in Afghanistan

Haft Mewa and Haft Seen, Nawruz Traditions in Afghanistan

Every year in Nawruz , people celebrate the new Solar year in Afghanistan, Iran, in the Caucasus region, in Balkan and Central Asian countries. Recently it is going worldwide and March 21 is now announced as the International Day of Nawru by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2009. But Nawruz also coincides with .. read more

04
Apr
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A’owsana Sisaana,

A’owsana Sisaana,

“A’owsana Sisaana” is a common folk expression among Dari speaking people. With this sentence, we usually start telling our folkloric stories. The linguistic background and its history is not clear but for many generations, particularly in the cold and long winter nights, children waited to hear another fable or a fairy tale. The elders, usually .. read more

27
Mar
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The Courageous Girl

The Courageous Girl

Hadith was one year old when her family, like many other Afghans, fled the chaos and war in Afghanistan to find a safer shelter somewhere outside the country. After a long journey they settled in Iran.  She grew up in Iran and finished her school there.  Yet: “Iran is more advanced country than Afghanistan. I .. read more

27
Mar
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Tillya Tepe or Golden Hill

Tillya Tepe or Golden Hill

  Tillya Tepe or Golden Hill is an archaeological site located in north-eastern suburb of Shibrghan, the capital city of Jawzjan a Northern Province of Afghanistan. Unlike the suffix of “Tepe”, which means “hill” the site is at the same level with the surrounding terrain. At least for 2000 years Tillya Tepe was unknown for .. read more

14
Mar
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The Londoner or the Bamyan Town Crier

The Londoner or the Bamyan Town Crier

Town Crier (or Jaar-chi in Dari) is a person who makes public announcements in the streets. The history of announcers goes back to ancient China when the monarchies used to recruit several men for announcing Royal Proclamations, curfews, market days, local government bylaws, executions, criminal punishments, adverts, etc. At the time of common illiteracy, these .. read more

02
Mar
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A Woman’s Story

A Woman’s Story

In a quiet area of Kabul’s third district, we walked into a dusty and polluted sub-street looking for the address we already had been given to find. Together with my friend, we checked around the doors, so to find the home number. Eventually, the given number matched with the number written on the wooden door .. read more

02
Mar
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