Dating and Marriage
In Afghanistan, dating is nonexistent because girls and boys are segregated at puberty. Although there is no law that specifically states an age where you are allowed to be married, women usually get married from ages 14-22, while men usually get married at the ages of 18-24 Marriages normally are arranged, and often older female family members play a prominent role in arranging a match. Marriages between cousins are common because they strengthen family ties. Matchmakers (roybar) engage in lengthy negotiations over the bride-price (paid by the groom's family to the bride's) and dowry (property the bride brings to the marriage). Among urban or Westernized families, the prospective bride and groom may be permitted to meet or view each other and approve or reject the union
Life centers on the extended family, which provides the basis for most social, economic, and political interaction. The average urban family has five children, but rural families may be much larger. Often several generations live together in the same, adjoining, or nearby compounds. When young men marry, they move out of their parental home and into an adjoining home
Afghans have a love for sports. Although participation tends to be limited to males (particularly in rural areas), some urban women play sports. Popular sports include traditional wrestling, soccer, and volleyball.