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Ibelongtonoone
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posted 14 January 2008 07:48 AM      Profile for Ibelongtonoone        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Extravagant weddings, a mainstay of modern Afghan life and an important measure of social status, were banned by the Taliban, which also outlawed beauty parlors and the instrumental music that is traditional at wedding parties.

But since the Taliban were ousted in 2001, the Afghan wedding industry has rebounded and is now bigger than ever.


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Marriage is arguably the most important rite of passage for a young Afghan man, and the luxuriousness of the ceremony reaffirms his family’s status... Lavish weddings have even made a comeback in the south, where security concerns are greatest, though in areas where the Taliban have returned, the weddings have been moved back into private homes and have been toned down.

For Hamid, like most Afghans, a small wedding at home was not an option. Afghan custom dictates that all relatives, even distant cousins, be invited, and his house would not have been big enough. Furthermore, Hamid said, his fiancée and her family had expectations.


I don't how the war will or should end or even if it was a good idea, but it's ok for me to not like the Taliban and hope that Afghans never have to live under their rule again, isn't it?


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Ibelongtonoone
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posted 14 January 2008 07:52 AM      Profile for Ibelongtonoone        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
sorry the link to the article

Afghan Weddings


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Ibelongtonoone
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posted 14 January 2008 01:51 PM      Profile for Ibelongtonoone        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
no one much cares about the daily lives of Afghans I guess

It was interesting to me how the weddings are deemed so important and people go into debt paying for lavish ceremonies and receptions.

Very similar to people here - it all seemed a bit outrageous to me when I attending a $20,000 + wedding of a cousin in Hull.

To hear people in probably the poorest country in the world also go in debt to pay for weddings was a bit funny. I'm happy for them that they are a least able to have them now again.


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jrose
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posted 14 January 2008 02:36 PM      Profile for jrose     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, if "Marriage is arguably the most important rite of passage for a young Afghan man, and the luxuriousness of the ceremony reaffirms his family’s status..." I don't see how this article is proving anything different than what occurs in most countries around the world. That said, this is certainly not a current event, or news, or politics, so I'm going to move this to our culture forum, though it is arguably also an issue of consumption.
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Ibelongtonoone
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posted 14 January 2008 06:52 PM      Profile for Ibelongtonoone        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well actually it is current, because the story is taking place in a country in which are troops are currently involved in a war. How the war is/how affected the lives of Afghans is an important story to me. I guess because it's not bad news.
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martin dufresne
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posted 14 January 2008 07:01 PM      Profile for martin dufresne   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It is if your wedding is bombed by NATO forces as happened six months back.
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Civilian catastrophe as US bombs Afghan wedding
• 250 civilians reported dead or injured
• Witnesses say attack lasted 2 hours
• Pentagon: 'One bomb went astray'

As for the initial story, can't we recognize a propaganda fluff piece for 'Why We Must Remain in Afghanistan' when we see one?

[ 14 January 2008: Message edited by: martin dufresne ]


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