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Eid has Arrived: AAN wishes all a happy Eid al-Fitr

AAN Team < 1 min

Eid al-Fitr or the festival of breaking of the fast is celebrated by Muslims around the world when the citing of the moon heralds the end of Ramadan, the month-long rite of fasting.

A vendor sells sweets in a Kabul market ahead of Eid al-Fitr. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP, 8 April 2024

Eid al-Fitr, which is an official three-day holiday, is marked by offering traditional prayers at the mosque. Across Afghanistan, there are new clothes for those who can afford them, and kitchens bustle as households prepare special foods for the family and friends who come calling to offer Eid greetings and happy tidings. Even in these difficult economic times, parents make a particular effort to buy new clothes for their children and give them gifts and money. Across Afghanistan, families visit graveyards to remember their departed family members and friends. There are also public celebrations featuring games, Buzkashi matches and traditional Attan dances.[1]The game buzkashi (literally, ‘goat pulling’), is Afghanistan’s national sport in which horse-riders compete to take and drag a goat or calf carcass to a goal. The Attan is the national dance … Continue reading

The AAN team wishes a joyful Eid al-Fitr to friends and readers, to the people of Afghanistan and to all Muslims around the world.

The month of fasting has passed

Eid has arrived, Eid has arrived

Mawlana Jala al-Din Balkhi, known as Rumi, Ghazal #612

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1 The game buzkashi (literally, ‘goat pulling’), is Afghanistan’s national sport in which horse-riders compete to take and drag a goat or calf carcass to a goal. The Attan is the national dance of Afghanistan in which a group of dancers, usually young men, whirl and jump in a wide circle, dancing to two or three drums that start slowly and beat ever faster.

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