National Geographic : 1953 Sep
Only Water Is Needed to Make This Kabul Scene Resemble Coney Island On holidays, Afghanistan's capital is almost deserted. Here on March 21 merrymaking New Year's crowds gather by a mosque on the edge of Kabul to pray and picnic, fly kites, and gossip with friends. Domes cover mosque and memorial hall. In the walled compound the pious pray while a mullah reads passages from the Koran. Tea houses have brought their samo vars and pots to customers on the hillside. Itinerant mer chants hawk sweets and bever ages. Games like those at an American carnival bid for cop per puls: "throw-the-ring," wheels of chance, and coin pitching. Children gape at me chanical toys and trained ani mals. The mosque is in the fast growing suburb of Cartai-char. Another Kabul suburb, Shar-i nao (New City), where dip lomatic and United Nations personnel live, is behind the hill on the far left.