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Traditions of Eid-ul-Adha

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Traditions of Eid-ul-Adha
 Eidul-Qurban is the second annual Eid for the world muslims and each Muslim country celebrate it according to its particular traditions including Afghanistan. The Afghan families who have engaged boys, take Eid to the house of their upcoming bride that includes clothes, cosmetics, wallet, flip flop, shoes and jewelries plus cakes, cookies, fresh and dried fruits, Henna. Some rich families even take sheep beside abovementioned materials.  This issue has been changed to an unsound competition. Due to their believe in ancient traditions, the Afghan people take this issue seriously.
In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter, Zahra a mother whose son is engaged, said we and our close family members specially young girls take Eidi 2 or 3 days prior to Eid to our future bride’s house. Reciprocally the bride’s family also present gifts that includes a set of suit, shirt, necktie or embroidered shalwar Kamis to their groom.
Zahra added, although taking Eidi is a tradition but under current circumstance that essentials are expensive extremely and majority of people don’t afford to prepare a suitable Eidi but these unacceptable traditions impose these heavy Burden on people.
Nadeyah a teacher in Kabul said, taking Eidi for people who are engaged is an supportable tradition. Specially some families due to unnecessary rivalries beside preparing Eidi to bride prepare gifts to her all family members that strongly damages their family’s economy and most of married couples lead a bad life after wedding, specially those who are from poor or medium families, have to lend money for these traditions and particularly for wedding party expenditures. They remain indepthed for many years after marriage. I believe that people should take it easy, give up these heavy expenses to have a good and happy life.
Zohra a young girl who has recently been engaged with her mother aunt son, said I know that taking  Eidi is a heavy tradition but its common among over tribe and if the boy family doesn’t bring it, it would be controversial. I don’t want fiancée to borrow money and bring Eidi.
I want him to bring a small and cheap gift and bring. I would like to request all engaged girls to follow my example and don’t impose huge expenses on their future husband.
Safiullah Noori a jeweler from Logar said, in Logar the boy’s family has to purchase and supply clothes, fruits, rice, oil, meat, Henna etc and take it to the bride’s house prior or on Eid day. The bride’s family invite a number of their close female relatives to attend this ceremony. The bride’s family also present gifts to groom’s family. In Logar people don’t care about hike of prices they only care about traditions and say we cannot change traditions.   

Karima Malikzada

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They remain indepthed for many years after marriage. I believe that people should take it easy, give up these heavy expenses to have a good and happy life.
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