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Afghan Society of Halifax

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Afghan Society of Halifax is a registered corporation not-for-profit society established in 2014 and based in Halifax, NS.

We are a non-political nor a religious society. Our mission is primarily connecting and supporting the Afghani-Canadian community and connect them with other communities in Halifax, NS.

Afghan Society of Halifax is working towards helping our community by creating programs to who need it, provide volunteer opportunities encouraging the young generation to learn to be leaders and thrive in their future, and helping them to find jobs and get integrated into the workforce easily. Our goal is bringing people together to promote their culture, language and history.
Cultural and Non-Cultural Events
Nawruz نوروز
Nawruz marks the first day of spring or Equinox and the beginning of the year in Persian calendar. It is cleared on the day of the astrological Northward equinox, which usually occurs on March 31 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year and families gather together to observe the rituals…
Samanak سمنك
Sumalak sweet paste made entirely from germinated wheat (young wheatgrass), which is prepared especially for Nowruz (Afghan new year) in a large pot. This practice has been traced thousands years back. The wheat is soaked and prepared for days and so the entire process takes up to a week. Traditionally, the final cooking would take from late evening till the daylight and it is a party involving only women. This would be full of laughter, music and singing related songs…
Haft Seen هفتسين
Haft Seen, or the Seven S’s is a traditional table seating of Nowruz. The Haft Seen table includes seven items all starting with the letter S ( س ) in the Persian alphabet. 1. Sabzeh ( سبزه ) wheat, barley, mung bean or lentils sprouts growing in a dish symbolizing rebirth. 2. Samanu ( سمنو ) symbolizing affluence. 3. Sensed ( سنجد ) tired oleaster wild Olive fruit symbolizing love. 4. Seer ( سير ) garlic which symbolizing medicine. 5. Seeb ( سيب ) apple symbolizing health and beauty. 6. Somaq ( سماق ) Sumac fruit symbolizing (tithe color of sunrise..

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