Afghanistan is a country that borders Turkmenistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and China. The people of Afghanistan are warm and hospitable. Although the country has been ravaged by war, culture and hospitality remain intact. The following are interesting facts about Afghanistan.
1. Afghanistan has many Tribes
This country has over 14 ethnic groups. They include Tajik, Pashtun, Turkmen, Uzbek, Hazara, Gujjar, Balock, Bashai among others. Afghanistan is a nomadic country due to the ancient Silk Road where traders traveled from China to Europe to sell silk. The tribes of Afghanistan are mentioned in their national anthem. The government adopted the national anthem in 2006. The anthem talks about the Greatness of God and mentions 14 Afghan tribes.
2. Goat grabbing is their national sport
Goat grabbing or Buzkash in Afghan’s national sport and is considered as one of the most dangerous games globally. The player’s goal is to grab dead goat while riding a horse. The player should carry the goat to the opponent’s area that is marked by chalk. The Afghan people want the sport to become an Olympic sport. Goat grabbing has been financed by individuals and organizations such as Afghan Airlines in the past. The game is common in the northern part of the country.
3. Afghanistan experiences winter seasons
There is a misconception that deserts and dry landscapes cover Afghanistan. The winter seasons of Afghanistan are brutal. The northern part of the country experiences snow between December and February. The snow creates beautiful landscapes.
Afghanistan celebrates its new year in March and not December. The new-year festival is known as the Nowruz where men visit a northern city called Mazar-e-Sharif. They then raise an Islamic banner known as the Janda. It is considered a good omen if the Janda is raised easily and swiftly.
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