Residents of Miramor district in central Daykundi Province were left disappointed after the Taliban prevented the “biggest” public celebration in the area, marking Nowruz.
According to residents, the celebration has a history of about 250 years in this district, and is a significant cultural event in the region. However, the Taliban’s Directorate of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice declared the celebration “unlawful, alien, and un-Islamic.”
A local resident told KabulNow on Thursday, that despite initial approval by the district governor and security commander of the Taliban for the event, and locals spending over 600,000 Afghanis (US$6,900) for preparation, the celebration was prevented.
The ban on Nowruz celebrations and recreational activities has been enforced by the Taliban in various provinces of the country.