May 9th, 2016
The Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. welcomed close to 4,000 visitors on Saturday, May 7th, 2016, marking the ninth annual Passport DC Around the World Embassy Tour sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC.
The Afghan Embassy was part of the Passport DC 2016 month-long journey celebrated annually in May with 31 days of programming by 70 other embassies and more than 40 of DC’s cultural institutions.
The Afghan Embassy’s ‘Open House’ program included displays of Afghan handicrafts, art, traditional clothing, food, dried fruits and folkloric Afghan music.
Ambassador Mohib and Embassy staff welcomed the guests who came to explore different aspects of Afghanistan and its culture. Speaking to the importance of the event, the Ambassador said, “This opportunity has helped us introduce a diverse identity of Afghanistan to those Americans who may not otherwise have the opportunity to explore our country, and may not get a full picture from the media.”
Guests rounded up their day long tour of the embassy with talking to the Embassy staff and diplomats as well as taking pictures, enjoying a taste of authentic Afghan food and relaxing in the green backyard amongst intricate, handmade Afghan rugs.
The Embassy of Afghanistan thanks and expresses its gratitude to all those local individual Afghan business owners and vendors for contributing and participating in the Embassy tour program. The vendors and individuals who exhibited included: Zamani Collection, Tabla for Two, Bamyan Restaurant, Afghan Organic Foods, Lapis Jewelry and Gifts, Afghan Academy, Nomad Collection, Salahuddin Muslim, Atta Amin, Hasina Ghani, Zikria Sanie and Wida Khatami.