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Afghan Stag Party


Travis Beard / Argusphotography

The Afghan spring wedding season is a celebrative time when 1000's of men launch themselves in to debt, paying up to $20,000 for their wedding. The ceremony last for 3 days, on the second day there are both a hens night and a stag night. The stag night evolves around men drinking a volatile cocktail of whiskey and vodka warmed over an earthen pot and smoking copious amounts of hashish. A group of traditional musicians play Afghan classics that the men dance intimately, constantly reassuring us "That this is not a gay social club". The serious part of the 'all nighter' arrives with the henna ceremony. Historically the grooms palms were cut in little insertion so that they could be joined in blood, as time passed they replaced it with henna so it would be more healthy and less messy. After the two brothers are blessed by their father and given permission to go and marry, other guests are permitted to colour their beards if they desire. 1200 word article available


 

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Boys dance to afghan pop music at the wedding, the ceremony is divided in two amle and female sections, so the men spend the whole night dancing with men...

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 12/01/2007

 

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Boys dance to afghan pop music at the wedding, the ceremony is divided in two amle and female sections, so the men spend the whole night dancing with men...

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 12/01/2007

 

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The stag party is fueled by hashish, vodka and whiskey, men dance with men to traditional afghan music played by the hired band

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

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The stag party is fueled by hashish, vodka and whiskey, men dance with men to traditional afghan music played by the hired band

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

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The stag party is fueled by hashish, vodka and whiskey, men dance with men to traditional afghan music played by the hired band

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

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The only serious part of the night is when the father of the groom applies henna to the grooms hand. this ritual dates back 100s of years, but originally it was the hand of both groom and bride that were cut and their bloods mixed.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

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The only serious part of the night is when the father of the groom applies henna to the grooms hand. this ritual dates back 100s of years, but originally it was the hand of both groom and bride that were cut and their bloods mixed.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

Travis Beard / Argus / Picturetank BET0181177

The only serious part of the night is when the father of the groom applies henna to the grooms hand. this ritual dates back 100s of years, but originally it was the hand of both groom and bride that were cut and their bloods mixed.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

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The guests have a turn out being henna-ed up by the locals

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

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The guests have a turn out being henna-ed up by the locals

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

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The stag party is fueled by hashish, vodka and whiskey. the hashish is smoked inside the cigarette and the vodka and whiskey are mixed together asnd heated over a urn into a explosive cocktail.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

Travis Beard / Argus / Picturetank BET0181181

Smoking of hashish is very common in Afghanistan, here the men used a whiskey bottle to smoke the hashish through....

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008

 

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Smoking of hashish is very common in Afghanistan, here the men used a whiskey bottle to smoke the hashish through....

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/04/2008



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