Salaam (hello), this week in our Week of World Culture series we are “traveling” to South-Central Asia. Afghanistan although a world away has many wonderful things to teach us. Keep reading to discover different ways you can learn more about this beautiful country.
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The Kite Runner
This movie, was filmed after the book by Khaled Hosseini had great success. It gives the viewer a raw peek into the culture of the Afghan people. There are a few scenes that may not be appropriate for some children so it would be a good idea to preview the movie before you view it as a family. Click on the image to view the movie trailer.
I enjoyed both the book and the movie and would recommend either to give you a greater understanding of this culture.
Music & Dance
Adorned in colorful costumes, Afghan women are very expressive in their dance. They often have bells attached to their costumes to give the extra element that is common in that area. As you can hear, the music has a special enthusiasm and acoustic rhythm to it.
During a culture week, Afghan students do a wonderful job in their performance of the three most common traditional dances of Afghanistan which are: Qarsak, Jarajo, and Attan.
Crafts of Culture
Books to Read
Three Cups of Tea
In college I was required to read this book. What started out as a sort of drudgery (just another book to read) turned into a desire to learn more about the culture. It also helped me see how fortunate I was to have easy access to school throughout my childhood. The Author, Greg Mortenson, relates his personal story of his visits to Afghanistan and his hopes to create peace through the building of schools. His story is inspiring and a great read!
Although I read it in my 20’s I am sure that your high school age child would enjoy reading it just as much.
Aaqab (eagle) is very similar to traditional tag games. One child is the eagle and sits on a rock while the other children are pigeons. The children pretending to be pigeons have a “home base” where they are safe from the eagle. They must leave home base to pretend to peck the ground for food. The eagle can then leave the rock and tag the pigeons. Any pigeons that are touched/tagged by the eagle are out of the game. The game is over once all pigeons have been tagged and then a new eagle is chosen.
Gudi-paran-jangi is a game using kites. It is a competitive sport in which the competitors try to shred the opponent’s kite or sever the kite string. These kites do not have tails but they apply an adhesive mixed with rice and ground glass on the kite string. Kite flyers typically wear leather gloves to protect themselves from getting cut.
Sang Chill Bazi
This is a pebble game that is typically played by afghan girls. It is similar to the western game of jacks. Each player chooses five pebbles and then they decide who will play first. That player will place four pebbles on the ground. She will then toss the remaining pebble in the air and try to grab one from the four that were left on the ground without loosing the one she tossed. If she is successful, she continues adding pebbles she picks up at a time (i.e. 2,3,4). If she misses, then the other player takes a turn. The first to successfully pick up four at a time is the winner.
Food of the Week
I think a big part of any culture is the FOOD. It is also fun to try new recipes that may end up being a staple in your kitchen. The Chefs over at Afghan Kitchen Recipes have an extensive list of meal ideas you can choose from. I even saw some desserts that I will be trying!
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