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Event in Afghanistan No.1

The market was crowded. People enjoyed shopping of foods, sweets and clothes so shops were quite busy. This is all because everyone was on a hurry to prepare for Eid, where people invite their customers and close friends. This was the landscape before Eid in Afghanistan last year.

Eid is not known well in Japan. There are two kinds of Eid, one is Eid al-Fitr and the other is Eid-ul-Adha. Moslems all over the world celebrate this important event. In Afghanistan, celebrating Eid with excitement is part of their heritage.

The first Eid, which is Eid al-Fitr, means to celebrate the end of Ramadan. People paint their bodies with henna, buy clothes and invite relative and friends into their homes for foods and sweets.

The three days are special for children. Some children wear new clothes and visit their relatives and families and they could get sweets and toys.

[Dry fruits shop in Charika during Eid al-fitr]

[A girl who was painted by henna during Eid al-fitr]

We will share the second Eid report following the next time.

Zuhra Afshar
Field Officer,

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January 12, 2017 in Afghanistan |