A huge part of human culture and traditions are rooted in religions. Many of globally accepted festivals once were religious ceremonies limited to particular communities. Like many other nations, a huge part of cultural customs in Afghanistan are also rooted in religion including Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid ul Adha, which are the biggest religious festivals in the Muslim World.
The tourism industry is a big part of modern economics, most nations invest in the tourism industry to attract people from all around of the world to get to know their countries. The importance of tourism is not only because of its role in economic development but also because of the importance of cultural exchange which comes along with it. Tourists who visit a country return back home, transfer experiences, information, and memories rof places they visited, the people they met, the cultures, customs and the beauty they have seen. Continue reading
The district Dara-e-Noor is a secure and peaceful district of Nangarhar. The district is located in northern part of the province. Common languages in Dara-e-Noor district are Pashto and Pashayi. Agriculture is the main way of earning money, however people also are making their living through trading goods between neighboring districts and provinces. The district is highly populated with estimated around 120,000 residents. Continue reading
Afghanistan is not only important because of its geopolitical location which connects east, west, south and central Asian countries. But it is also a crossroad of different cultures and civilizations. You can see a sign of different cultures among people living in different cities and provinces, each one constituting a unique subculture identity coming from Indian subcontinents, Persian plateau and Central Asian nations. In Western regions, people have several commonalities with Khorasan and Sistan Baluchistan region of Iran. Continue reading
My beloved, Mullah Ma’mad Jan, let’s go to Mazar together
To watch the plains of red roses and to touch the tulip flower
The couplet is a very famous and iconic poem appeared in many folkloric song’s lyrics for many decades. Its origin come from a very old love story, the girl tempting her beloved, Mullah Mohammad Jan, to travel with her to her dream land, Mazar e Sharif, where in spring season hill and plains are fully covered with red flowers. Continue reading
Breaking trust and cutting inter-community connections are among the worst outcomes of war and instability, which might lead to chaos and social catastrophes; initiating cultural dialogues and cultural exchange are efficient tools in rebuilding trust and reviving connections among communities. Continue reading
When Khadija woke up, felt she is happier than on other days. She was looking forward to watch a puppet theater performance for the first time. The day before she received an invitation which asked her and her family to attend the play in Kabul’s Cultural Container. Like Khadija and her family, there were many other children who came to watch the theater performance with their families. Continue reading
During the autumn and winter seasons Bamyan goes weary and gray due to its extreme cold weather but with Nowruz and spring all beauty is coming back to life. Hills and mountains wear grassy color, unbounded plants of potato and wheat cover the plains, apple, poplar and juniper trees ascend green stems to the sky. In another word, in Bamyan live starts with spring. That is why, people in different villages and districts of Bamyan celebrate Nowruz in different ways. Continue reading
People in Iran, Turkey, Caucasian countries, Central Asia and South Asia including Afghanistan celebrate Nowruz, the beginning of Persian solar year, with different festivals, and cultural events. To welcome the spring, Badakshan Cultural Container held a “Poetry Night” with poets, writers, artist, singers and cultural figures who came across different districts of Badakhshan and Takhaar provinces in Provincial department of cultural affairs’ conference salon. The event started with reciting Holy Quran and then followed by reading poetries and tracking history, traditions, and customs of Nowruz in the culture of Badakhshan and Takhar residents. They also discussed the concept and interpretation of spring in Persian literature and Islamic mysticism. Continue reading
It was amazing to see hundreds of portraits smiling from the walls in the yard of Star Educational Society building, Young, old, men, women, workers, lecturers, students, politicians, craftsmen, all were smiling. And unlike at many other social events, hundreds of visitors were calmly listening to the organizers’ descriptions while looking at the portraits. They must have imagined the feelings of the people when they smiled. Some visitors were whispering: “It brings in a very good feeling, but how can smiling portraits possibly generate peace in the current worsening situation?” Continue reading
The Kabul cultural container successfully finished its 2015 cultural activities with direct and indirect involvement of local elders, youths and children, artists and cultural figures. Discovering and introducing hidden potential talents to the society, promoting a sense of trust and confidence among people and spreading friendship and integration among them were the most positive achievements of our 2015 activities. Continue reading
A very effective way of eliminating the mental and social effects of war in post-war societies is to revive the culture of dialogue among different ethnic and communities to help them to remove all negative pre-assumptions, tags and misunderstandings, also promoting a social and cultural context for different kinds of artistic activities such as painting, drawing, calligraphy, graffiti, photography, storytelling, music and singing to encourage people to tell their untold stories and to admit their obsessions. Initiating cultural dialogues and providing opportunities for victims to express their pains, helps them to recover from their mental wounds. Continue reading
“Boosting the Trust” was the name of a theaters play initiated and facilitated by the Nangarhar Cultural Container in different places of the Jalal-Abad city. The aim was to highlight the role of trust and confidence in personal and social life of Nangarhar residents.Theater is a very favored art among Nangarhar residents.
Unity is an essential need of human social life since nobody is capable to handle all living’s challenges individually. Unity fosters a society in which people help each other, to handle the challenges and difficulties, which they cannot tackle alone. As most values which brinach a common understanding and unity. Culture also provides a common ground for everyone as a sense of belonging and familiarity.
Bamyan is an infinite beauty in the heart of a war ravaged country: Its unique natural landscape, the ancient civilizations being buried there, the blank space of the downed Buddha’s giant statues, its hardworking and friendly people, who despite severe poverty and unemployment, don’t hesitate to enjoy peace and tolerance, its appetent young generation that never stops learning, and its passionate children running to schools every morning without any fear of death or explosion. All this makes Bamyan an iconic province presenting a peaceful face of the country to world. Continue reading
Every one admits that trust is not only the essence of self-realization but rather it is also the footstone of human social live and social interaction that is why trust is not a very new topic for Balk residents. However trust is a general concept about which you might have your own picture and idea about, but not so many people have a deep understanding of the trust and the role that it plays in their every day routines. Continue reading
Handicraft industries played a unique role in providing the basic need of human beings during the last centuries. However in the developed world, where machines produce everything, handicraft is often reduced to decorative items that represent a particular period of history or display culture and traditions of different societies. Continue reading
A travel story of the Bamyan Cultural Container team to districts of Bamyan
It was about 09:00 am when we started our journey toward Yakawlang district. The purpose of this visit was to talk with artists, local musicians, and cultural figures in order to learn more about their culture, folkloric customs, traditions, local arts and handicraft production. Continue reading