• Bon dia is a common greeting in Afghanistan. We present to you some interesting information about Afghanistan.

    In case you are from Afghanistan and wish to report inconsistencies, please reply to this topic.

    Pashto sometimes spelled Pukhto or Pakhto is the official language of the people of Afghanistan. Did you know that it is the second-largest regional language in Pakistan? Around 18-19 million people speak this language.

    Here are some interesting facts about Afghanistan:

    1. New Year is celebrated by Afghans on 21st March. They call it “Nawroz”. It is a pre-Islamic festival that is celebrated by a gathering of thousands of travelers from across Afghanistan to the city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

    2. “Buzkashi” is Afghanistan’s national game. Players in two teams try to catch a goat while riding a horse. This game has been played for centuries and is a tough sport.

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    (Image source: https://theculturetrip.com/asia/afghanistan/articles/buzkashi-afghanistans-goat-grabbing-national-sport/)

    1. They celebrate poetry night on Thursdays in the western city of Herat. People of all age groups gather there to share modern and ancient verses of poetry and indulge in some nice food along with some sweet tea.

    2. Mobile phone coverage is available in more than 90% of the country. Mobile phones are status symbols.

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    (Image source: http://www.lingofacts.com/2017/05/01/poetry-night-in-afghanistan/)

    1. Did you know that The world’s first oil paintings were drawn in the caves of “Bamiyan” around 650 BC?

    2. Afghanistan is estimated to be inhabited by humans at least 50,000 years ago.

    3. Hospitality plays a significant role in the country’s culture and tradition. The visitors are treated with the utmost respect and are offered the best that the household has.

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    (Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_painting#/media/File:Afghanistan_oil_Paintings.jpg)

    These are some of the interesting facts of Afghanistan culture. Please do share if you are from Afghanistan, or know some more new interesting facts, we would be happy to know !


  • I hope you guys are using the list below. I expect to see every one covered lol.

    A follow up series, 'Goodbye in...' would be great as well. Just for @mistertoad and @roymccoy 😉

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_language_names


  • Thank you for this suggestion, @dan-mitchell. As a retired editor at the Universal Esperanto Association in Rotterdam NL, however, I feel it would be better if I limited my Creative Corner contributions to explanations of words in the internacia lingvo. The first five that come to mind are stulta, pigra, senkompetenta, prokrastema, and ekstertema, so you may start seeing short essays from me on these words and/or others.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto


  • @dan-mitchell
    "Something to look forward to then!"
    (sighs)