Culture of Afghanistan

The culture of Afghanistan has been around for over three millennia, tracing record to at least the time of theAchaemenid Empire in 500 BCE.[1]Afghanistan translates to "Land of the Afghans" or "Place of Afghans" in the nation's official languages, Pashto andDari.[2][3] It is mostly a tribal and ruralsociety with different regions of the country having their own native language. Despite some differences, majority of the Afghans live by the sametradition and behave the same. For example, nearly all Afghans followIslamic traditions, celebrate the same holidays, dress the same, consume the same food, listen to the same musicand are usually multi-lingual.

In the southern and eastern region, as well as western Pakistan which was historically part of Afghanistan, thePashtun people live according to thePashtun culture by followingPashtunwali (way of the Pashtuns).[4]The western, northern, and central regions of Afghanistan are influenced by neighboring Central Asian andPersian cultures.[5][6] Some of the non-Pashtuns who live in close proximity with Pashtuns have adopted Pashtunwali in a process calledPashtunization (or Afghanization) while some Pashtuns and others became