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Eid in southern provinces; people celebrate with recreational activities

Most residents of the country’s southern provinces as Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan and Helmand have celebrated the second and third days of Eid al-Adha by going to recreational and historical areas. Residents of Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces of southern Afghanistan say that they celebrated the three days of Eid al-Adha in a peaceful environment and marked the second and third days of Eid by going to recreational places in their provinces. They are happy about the improvement of the overall security situation as the highways are open day and night and they could go to the recreational areas of their provinces and celebrate the Eid days. Taj Mohammad Hemat, a resident of Kandahar, says that good security measures have been taken for Eid in Kandahar this year; therefore, they celebrate the Eid days by visiting historic sites and going to recreational areas in the province. “The majority of Kanda har’s youth went to Kandahar’s Dehli, Baba Sahib, Ainu Mena, Arghandab, and Spin Boldak districts to celebrate the Eid days,” Hemat said, adding that the youth also celebrated the Eid days by playing various traditional and local games as wrestling, cricket, volleyball, and other common games. According to Hemat, the economic condition of the people has now improved compared to previous years; therefore, the number of people going to recreational and historic areas increased this year. “The youth of Kandahar also go to some neighboring and northern provinces of Afghanistan to celebrate the Eid days. The number of people who have visited other provinces during the Eid days has increased as the economic situation of people has improved,” Hemat added. Meanwhile, several residents of Zabul say that most people, particularly the youth have left for the the northern provinces of the country to celebrate the second and third days of Eid al-Adha, while some of others celebrated the second and third days of Eid by going to some recreational areas in Zabul. Hedayatullah Nikzad, a resident of Zabul, says people had previously celebrated the Eid festivals in Qalat, the provincial capital due to insecurities, but with the Islamic Emirate takeover and improvement of the overall security situation, people have now celebrated the Eid days by going to recreational areas beyond the provincial capital and Zabul. “Zabuli people can celebrate the Eid days by going to recreational areas without any problem as the security situation has improved,” Nikzad said, adding that most people of Zabul even went to other provinces to celebrate the Eid days. He also said that others celebrated the second and third days of Eid al-Adha by going to some recreational areas in Zabul’s Mizan district with holding some traditional games as wrestling. “Most people, particularly the youth of Zabul went to other provinces this year to celebrate the Eid days. Some others celebrated the second and third days of Eid by recreational activities such as wrestling and other traditional games in the Mizan district of the province,” Nikzad said. Meanwhile, several residents of Uruzgan province say that this year they were wellprepared for Eid holidays than other years, adding that this year, young people went to remote areas of the province for some recreational activities. Hikmatullah Uruzgani, a resident of Uruzgan, says that Uruzgan’s Chora, Chacharchino, and Khas Uruzgan were among the districts of the province where people visited to celebrate the second and third days of Eid al-Adha. “This year, the youth of Uruzgan were well-prepared for the Eid festival. Uruzgan’s Chora and Chaharchaine districts are two key areas for following recreational activities; therefore, most people of the province visited the respective districts to celebrate the Eid days,” Uruzgani said, adding that some others even went to other provinces to celebrate their Eid days. This comes as Helmand, another southern province of the country, hosted hundreds of people from other provinces this year. Hazrat Mohammad Rouhani, a resident of Helmand, says that Helmand, which has many historical places, hosted this year hundreds of people from other provinces and celebrated Eid days by going to recreational and historical areas of the province. According to Rouhani, Helmand’s Sangin and Nad Ali districts, considered as one of the districts where people go for for entertainment and recreational activities, hosted people this year from other provinces as well as Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital. He said that people had previously not visited Helmand due to insecurities, adding that the number of people visiting historical sites of the province has increased with the Islamic Emirate takeover and improvement of the overall security situation in the country. Afghans celebrated Eid alAdha, the Feast of Sacrifice and the second most important holiday in the Islamic calendar, in a peaceful environment and without any security incident across the country. They marked it by offering special prayers and slaughtering livestock, usually goat, sheep, cow, or camel to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s test of faith. It is worth mentioning that the three-day celebration is marked with special prayers, feasts, and the ritual slaughter of an animal – with the meat then evenly distributed to family, friends, neighbors, and the poor and needy. It’s the second and larger of the two annual Eid’s – and also coincides with the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Ehsanullah Walasmal

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.