Nawroz: Traditional halwa dish becoming a thing of past
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): The tradition f celebrating Nawroz (Persian New Year) with red halwa (sweet) is gradually dying down in central Daikundi province.
A delicious sweet dish, the halwa is baked for Nawroz celebrations in Daikundi, Bamayn and Ghor provinces, a member of provincial council said.
Hadi Rahimizada told Pajhwok Afghan News, in the province, the red halwa was exclusively associated with Nawroz when ladies prepared to cook the traditional dish.
“Nawroz has been celebrated in Daikundi for centuries, a festivity that should be kept alive,” he remarked, saying the event was also marked with a lot of fervor in other regional countries.
Abdul Samad, another resident, agreed halwawas slowly being replaced by other foods like palaw (rice), meat and soup.
“In the years past, people would listen to poetry regarding Hazrat Ali, the companion of Prophet Muhammad, but now that ritual is also fading,” said the old man.
“All women of the neighbourhood would gather in a house to mark Nawroz with a variety of entertainment programmes,” recalled Sakina, an inhabitant of Nieli, the provincial capital.
After the celebrations, she said, women would visit the houses of each other to inquire about the health of elders and the sick on the happy occasion.
Another resident of the city, Hamida said people of the area wore new clothes, visited homes of relatives and friends and exchanged greetingon the New Year occasion.
Earlier, males and females would hold separate gatherings, play different games and sing songs, but that practice was also going away with time, the 60-year-old said.
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