Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebration in Afghanistan?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 27, 2013 5:06 PM Last Post By: fira1
Jan 26, 2013 9:37 AM
Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebration in Afghanistan?As I am planning to head to Afghanistan again in spring, which will possibly conincide with the Persian New Year nowruz, I am wondering if anyone knows what celebrations will there be in Afghanistan by the time?
I presume that Herat will be the best place to be, and that there will be a flag set up in front of the famous Friday Mosque. Don't happy just yet - it is also very much acknowledged that riots happened every year as the crowd goes out of control there every year there!
So yeah - any suggestions will be welcomed, and thanks in advance as alwasy! :)
Jan 26, 2013 3:01 PM
The best place to be in Afghanistan during Nowruz is Mazare-Sharif where the biggest celebration is taking place at the shrine of Hazrat Ali and people from all over Afghanistan heads to Mazar for this celebration. People buy new clothes and wear on this day, buy sweet and distribute among friends and relatives and cook nice dishes and eat and wish happy new year to each other. The flag raising ceremony is taking place in the shrine of Ali at Mazar where thosuands of people gather. People pray for peace and good wishes for the new year. During Nowruz Mazar remains full of the crowds of people.
Now ruz celebration also take place in Kabul at Karthi Sakhi where hundreds of people gather and see the flag ceremony. Similiarly small festivity also take place in Bamyan.
Jan 27, 2013 1:23 AM
2I agree with 'afghanguy' as the most busiest place during the Noroz is Mazar. As it is believed that the shrine in Mazar is actually a Mazar of Hazrat Ali. I was in Mazar in April 2012, just after that festival and heard alot about it and Mazar itself. Whats your mode of arrival in Afghanistan and dates, maybe we can pool together as I might be entering from Islam Qala into Afghnistan around at same time of Noroz.
Jan 29, 2013 1:57 PM
3Mazar is the most famous place to be for many Afghans. Accommodation will be tough to get in the city at that time and there are some security concerns in being in a big crowd in Afghanistan at any time. Bamian is not a bad place as it is pretty safe. Pashtuns do not really celebrate Nau Ruz but as Pashtun cities are not really safe I guess this does not matter too much.
Jul 27, 2013 5:06 PM