Afghans have always celebrated their festivals with dollops of enthusiasm.
Afghan festivals can broadly be categorised into three types: Traditional,
National and Religious. Nauroz is the largest and best known festival of
Afghanistan. Jeshyn-Afghan Day, a national day, is observed on 19August.
Most Afghans have adopted Islam as their religion and celebrate all their
religious festivals with devotion and zeal.
10th Day of the month of Muharram
Musharram commemorates the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam
Hussain or Husayn bin Ali, whom Shias regard as the rightful successor the
Prophet. Muharram is the first month month day of Islamic calendar. Ashura
is the tenth day of this month of mourning.
Nau Roz (New year Festival)
January-March (Date variable according to Islamic calendar)
Nau Roz is the largest and best known festival in Afghanistan, particularly
in Mazar e Sharif, where it is called Gul e Sorkh. Buzkashi matches are
held. People play music and dance. Farmers express their joy for the
Mawleed al Nabi (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad)
March-May (Date variable according to Islamic calendar)
People offer special prayers in the mosques and remember the reverred
Prophet. They also visit or entertain family and friends.
1 May (Annual)
Labor Day is the lagacy of Soviet era. It is a national holiday.
Day (Independence Day)
19 August (Annual)
The British relinquished their control on the foreign affairs of
Afghanistan. It is celebrated as Independence Day.
September-November (Date variable according to Islamic calendar)
During the holy month of Ramadan Afghans don't take food or drink during
Eid e Fitr (End of Ramadan)
October-December (Date variable according to Islamic calendar)
After month long fasting people enjoy the feast of Eid ul Fitr. People pray
collectively in mosques, and then go to meet their friends and relatives.
They wear new clothes and eat sweet dishes.
Eid e Qurban
December-February (Date variable according to Islamic calendar)
Eid e Qurban marks the commencement of Haj or Muslim pilgrimage. Animals
like sheep, goats or camels are sacrificed for the feast of Eid e Qurban.
Mushaira or Orange Blossom Festival is held on 13 April every year in
Jalalabad. Picnics and music concerts are held under the orange trees and
near the shrines. Apple Blossom Festivals ia held to celebrate the herald of
spring in Wardak province 23 April every year.
It is public holiday in Afghanistan on Eid e Fitr, Eid e Qorban, Nowroz,
Ashura, Labour Day, Independence Day, Prophet's Birthday, Independence
Festival, Pushtunistan Day, National Assembly Day, Deliverance Day, and the
first day of Ramadan.