Afghanistan

Top 10 Things

  • What NOT to do
  • What to do
  • In Afghanistan don’t enter to people home with shoes --Mujtaba Karyab
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  • Don’t drink alcohol in Afghanistan it is illegal --Mujtaba
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  • Don't give black or dark-colored gifts: These colors are associated with mourning. --bashir
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  • Don't shake hands with members of the opposite sex unless they initiate it. --aarash
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  • Don't haggle aggressively when shopping; be respectful in negotiations. --aazan
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  • Don't give money or gifts directly to children on the street, as it can encourage begging. --fatima
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  • Don't forget about the concept of "Nazar": Afghans may sometimes be hesitant to discuss their successes openly, fearing envy or the evil eye ("Nazar"). Be sensitive to this belief. --fatima
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  • Don't touch or handle Quranic texts or religious artifacts: This should only be done by Muslims with proper permission --sana
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  • Don't touch or pat children on the head; it's seen as impolite. --aazan
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  • Don't rush the initial greetings: Afghans value personal relationships, so take time to engage in small talk and establish rapport before discussing business matters. --aisha
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  • in case you are looking for sexy time, do not look for women since it is illegal --MohamedReza
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  • Do use both hands when giving or receiving items: This gesture shows respect and courtesy. --rubina
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  • Should you happen to be in Afghanistan and order a drink in a can (Coke is or at least used to be between Taliban times the most popular one), clean the top with a tissue. Just in case a mouse walked over it... --Egle
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  • Do greet with "As-salamu alaykum": The standard Islamic greeting meaning "Peace be upon you" is widely used and appreciated. --sana
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  • Do accept offers of tea or food: Hospitality is crucial in Afghan culture, so accept offers graciously. --rubina
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  • It is customary to bring a gift for the couple, such as money, gold, or household items. --rubi
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  • Do respect gender segregation: Men and women may celebrate separately, so follow the appropriate areas. --rubi
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  • Afghan society places importance on hierarchy and respect for seniority. Address individuals using appropriate titles and acknowledge their position. --aaisha
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  • Presenting small gifts, preferably from your home country, can help foster goodwill and enhance business relationships. --fatima
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  • Do learn to eat with your hands: In some situations, you may be served food to eat with your hands. --rubina
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