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IN Travel & Adventure ON 03 Jun, 2015
The moment you think about Afghanistan, what are the things that came to your mind? Religion discrimination, dry country, terrorism, burkhas, beards or unproductive, infertile land. Afghanistan is a lot more than this. Afghanistan is the country of rituals and cultural heritage. It is ranked 42nd of the most populous country in the world. We hope this list gives you a to give a deeper look into the country.
The fourteen different ethnic group in Afghanistan are, namely, The Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, Aimaq, Aimaq, Turkmen, Balock, Pashai, Nuristani, Gujjar, Arab, Brahui and Pamiri people.
Afghanistan's national sport is 'Buzkashi' also known as 'Goat Grabbing'. It is believed that it is the most dangerous and wildest game. Afghanistan's northern steppe plays this game for centuries. They also suggested this game to be played in Olympics but, there are no signs that this game will be seen in Olympics anytime soon.
Like western world, Afghanistan do not celebrate new year on 31st December, but celebrates it on 21st march, first day of spring. They celebrate pre-Islamic festival known as 'Nowroz'. Thousands of traveler visit to the northern city Mazar-e-Sharif to welcome Nowroz. Local men raise the 'Janda', a Islamic banner. If 'Janda' goes up in one motion, then it is said to be the good sign for the start of new year.
The Buddhist art was introduced from Afghanistan and as well as from India. This caves and statues enhances the historic value of Afghanistan. These two thousand year old famous Buddha Statues attracts many visitors and travelers.
There is misconception that Afghanistan is a dry country and have endless deserts. In Afghanistan, snow is very common. From December to February, it creates beautiful snowy landscapes especially in the north of the country.
Afghanistan celebrates its independence day on Aug 19. In year 2014, they marked 95th independence day. Afghanistan was never a part of British empire but they eventually fought three wars against Britishers.
In recent years, Afghans has showed their passion for sports. Many sports were banned including cricket and even women were not allowed to play any sport or to join any sports club in previous year. Afghan national cricket team qualified for the 2015 World Cup and the lady in the picture has raced in London 2012 Olympics shows their increasing passion for sports.
People often call people of Afghanistan as Afghani but, Afghani is the term used for the currency of Afghanistan and Afghans is used for the people. Government of Afghanistan relaunched the currency in the year 2002.
All fourteen tribes which represent Afghanistan are mentioned in the national anthem. In year 2006, Afghanistan government adopted this new national anthem. Article 20 of Afghan constitution is to ensure that the new national anthem is centered around the term 'God is the Greatest' and all fourteen names are mentioned.
Many cities of Afghanistan follows a tradition of poetry reading on Thursdays. People gather at one place and read out new and old poetry while enjoying tea and sweets.
Afghanistan is surrounded by the borders of six countries. They are Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and China.