Monday, December 28, 2009

General information about Afghanistan

Culture and Traditions
  • Afghanistan’s culture has been around for millennium since Arab-Muslim conquest.
  • Different regions in the country have their own unique traditions reflecting the characters of the specific nation.
  • Traces of pre-Islamic traditions from Buddhism, Hinduism, and Zoroastrianism.
  • Afghanistan has been a cross road for Pakistan, Iran, and middle east which has influenced its culture.
  • Hand crafts are one of the crucial sector of our arts but the art of making carpets and rugs are world wide prominent for centuries.
  • Also Afghanistan is known for making beautiful and oriented rugs.
  • Afghan carpets with certain prints make them unique.


  • Being In Asia Afghanistan has been influenced by eastern music.
  • Kabul (the capital of Afghanistan) has long been the regional cultural capital.
  • Herat’s (a province) music has been praised widely, which is more closely related to Iranian music.
  • Afghanistan had terrific musicians who were warmly welcomed by the Indian expert musician and were named as “Baba e Mosiqe” (Father of music)


  • Afghan poems are mostly written in Dari and in Pashto.
  • The most famous forms of poetry are:
    Ghazal and Charbaiti
  • We had world famous persian poets.
  • Maulana Jalaluddin Balkhi has world wide fame.

Maulana Jalaluddin Balkhi (1207-1273)

National Dress of Afghanistan:

Afghan's National Game "Buzkashi":

UNESCO has acknowledged Afghanistan role by declaring the “Minaret of Jam” and the “Bamyan Valley"

Historical Places of Afghanistan:
Ghazni Province

Bamyan Province:

Herat Province (Jame Jam):

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