Pashtun culture

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Pashtun culture is based on Pashtunwali, which is an ancient way of life, as well as speaking of the Pashto language and wearing Pashtun dress. The culture of the Pashtun people is highlighted since at least the time of Herodotus (484-425 BC) or Alexander the Great, when he explored the Afghanistan and Pakistan region in 330 BC. Over the different periods in history, the Pashtun culture has been influenced by the people of South and Western Asia to a certain degree. For example, just like with most other cultures in the area, it has been fully Islamised by Arabs during the Caliphate period.

Holidays and special events

The biggest holidays for Pashtuns is Eid ul-Fitr, Afghan Independence Day (August 19) and Pakistan Independence Day (August 14). Some also celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. During these holidays, Pashtuns set up festivals in which they usually have cookouts in parks and go to fairs.

Pashto poetry

Afghanistan was noted for its poetic language even before the Islamic conquest of Afghanistan. The Pata Khazana contains Pashto poetry written as far back as the 8th Century. Some notable poets from the region of Afghanistan-Pakistan include Amir Kror Suri, Khushal Khan Khattak, Rahman Baba, Nazo Tokhi, Ahmad Shah Durrani, Timur Shah Durrani, Shuja Shah Durrani, Ghulam Muhammad Tarzi, Khan Abdul Ghani Khan, and many others.

Pashtun men usually gather at special events and listen to Pashto poetry. There are TV programs...
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