S: The Kite Runner ~ Culture Appreciation Scrapbook
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FC: The Kite Runner | Culture Appreciation Scrapbook | By: Hailee Rensi Novels Class
2: Afghan Foods | "Baba gave us each a weekly allowance of ten Afghanis and we spent it on warm Coca-Cola and rosewater ice cream topped with pistachios." (pg. 27) | "...sweet turnip qurma over rice for lunch..." (pg. 52)
3: Naan, leavened bread baked in a clay oven, is referred to several times in the novel. | Kofta: a Middle Eastern and South Asian meatball or meatloaf | Vegetable shorwa is the equivalent of vegetable soup. | Nihari is a popular meat dish of South Asia.
4: Black tea and sugar cubes are popular in Afghanistan. | Mantu: steamed dumplings stuffed with sautéed onions and minced beef served with yogurt sauce | More Food...
5: "I picture colorful platters of chopan kabob, sholeh-goshti, and wild-orange rice." (pg. 171) | "Soraya made sabzi challow--white rice with spinach and lamb." (pg. 173)
6: Pastimes and Hobbies | ____________________________________________________________ | Kitefighting is very popular in Afghanistan, and obviously central the plot of "The Kite Runner."
8: Buzkashi: the national sport of Afghanistan
9: "Hassan's favorite book was by far the Shahnamah, the tenth-century epic of ancient Persian heroes." (pg. 29) | "We saw Rio Bravo three times, but we saw our favorite Western, The Magnificent Seven, thirteen times." (pg. 26) | Popular Books & Movies
10: Manner of Dress in Afghanistan
11: Burqa: head to toe covering worn by women Chapan: a long caftan worn by men | Shalwar-kameez: traditional Afhan dress Pakol: a soft and round hat
12: Afghan Words | Laaf: the Afghan tendency to exaggerate Saratan: cancer Kochi: nomads Mard: man Bas: enough Jan: dear, loved Moftakhir: proud
13: Chila: wedding ring | Jai-namaz: prayer rug | Hadia: a gift | Bakhshesh: forgiveness Loftan: please Dostet Darum: I love you Tashakor: thank you
14: "According to tradition, Soraya's family would have thrown the engagement party, the Shirini-khori--or 'Eating of the Sweets' ceremony. Then an engagement period would have followed which would have lasted for a few months. Then the wedding, which would be paid for by Baba." (pg. 169) | Marriage
15: "In Afghanistan, yelda is the first night of the month of Jadi, the first night of winter, and the longest night of the year. As was the tradition, Hassan and I used to stay up late, our feet tucked under the kursi, while Ali tossed apple skin into the stove and told us ancient tales of sultans and thieves to pass that the longest of nights." (pg. 143) | Winter in Afghanistan | "Winter was every kid's favorite season in Kabul..." (pg. 48)
16: Religion | Namaz prayers: prayers prescribed by law to be recited five times a day | Diniyat class: religion class | Day of Qiyamat: Judgment Day | Raka’ts: sections of prayers
17: Eid: three days of celebration after the holy month of Ramadan | Qorban: Muslim ceremony commemorating Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son | Haddith: collection of Islamic tradition; traditions, teachings, stories of the prophet Mohammed accepted as a source of Islamic doctrine and law second only to the Koran
18: Fun Facts about Afghanistan | Men and women do not shake hands or make eye contact in Afghan society. | There are two main breeds of horses used for Buzkashi: Habash and Tartar | Afghan hounds originated in Afghanistan and were originally used for hunting.
19: Afghanistan is known for producing some of the best pomegranates, grapes, melons and nuts. | Foreigners are not allowed to eat, drink, or chew gum in public during the holy month of Ramadan | Afghan food is served communally and everyone shares from the same dish.