“We are living in a very fragile time, ongoing insurgency, economic recession and extreme unemployment, emigration, social chaos and political turmoil put us up on the verge of collapse. In this situation, we need hope more than ever to stay optimistic towards our future. We must bring back hope to our disappointed hearts, we must plant hope in our desperate minds. Hope is the only weapon we might have against pervasive social disappointment.” Said Mr. Wasie
Wasie, believes that you can’t impose hope from the top to the bottom of the social pyramid, instead, you must ignite hope in the hearts and minds of every disappointed person to stand against increasing waves of social frustration. According to him, cultural dialogues are a very effective method for changing people’s perceptions and mindsets, bring hope in art and cultural discourse and activities slowly and automatically changes the way people think and look. Continue reading
“Horizon of Hope” was the name of a cultural event held at the Lincoln Center by our Jawzjan Cultural Container on July 23rd, 2016. The event’s purpose was to amplify the hope discourse among people, particularly among youths who are struggling with different problems and challenges. A variety of entertaining and impressive activities and shows such as speeches, a cultural dialogue, music, a hope tree and an art exhibition were part of the event.
According to Oxford dictionary hope is “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen or grounds for believing that something good may happen”. Though the dictionaries summed up hope in a feeling or a believing but great leaders think that hope is not only expecting or having an optimistic feeling about something, it is too much passive perspective toward hope. Hope actually starts with action or with doing something. Continue reading
“Me and My Dreams” was the name of the event held by the Balkh cultural container on the 21th of July 2016 at the Ferdowsi Library of Mazar-e-Sharif. The purpose of the event was to highlight the importance of hope and dreams and how being hopeful helps people to overcome their trials and tribulation, especially those who are living in very difficult situations. Continue reading
“Arrived the glad tidings that grief’s time shall not remain” (Hafiz, 14th Century Persian Poet)
“Disappointment defeats us. We cannot accept disappointment and we cannot accept failing.” said Nasim Alizada, a former addict and current mentor to the Mother Camp for Drug Relieve. Everybody was listening how this man returned to his country after hardship and bitterness of emigration. He became a police officer and lost his legs. Although he was formerly addicted to drugs, he never lost hope. He shared his experience especially with the young people with the message that we can achieve our goals, if we don’t lose hope. Continue reading
“It is amazing, in front of the collapsed Buddhas, we come together to celebrate hope with young people, our hardworking and highly active promising generation. I am sure we can make it, because it is our responsibility, our mission, our future and our ultimate message to others” said Mrs.Uzzar Lali, Entrepreneur and Head of the Bamyan Business Women Community. Continue reading
On the sunny morning of August 11th 2016, a large number of men and women, mostly young people gathered at the Kockah Palace conference Hall, on the east bank of Kokcha River. They were impatiently waiting for the cultural event to start.
The Spokesman of the Badakhshan Governor recited a Hadith from Muslim the Fourth Caliph:” Disappointment kills the desperate man”. In his speech he asked the young people to never lose hope, because, hope is the only force which let them stand against the bad and difficult conditions. Continue reading
“Young people and children are the greatest potential of any nation. Only by educating and and supporting a competent generation we insure our future prosperity.” Says Nasima Timori, the head of the Jawzjan Nursery, where they are taking care of at least 45 male kids. Most of children growing up in a nursery are orphans or were facing serious family conflicts and domestic violence in their families.
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