Cockfights in Afghanistan
Cockfight, known in the Afghan language as “Murgh Jhangi”, is a popular form of entertainment among Afghans during the winter season, which was banned during the Taliban rule. Specially grown fighting cocks compete in fights that consist of 4-6 rounds. Each round lasts from 10 to 20 minutes with an interval of 5 minutes. In these battles, some Afghans earn fortunes by local standards, because the bets on battles reach 100,000–200,000 afghanis, which is about 2000-4000 US dollars. The tradition of cock fighting in Afghanistan is very strong and ancient, their history goes back to 4000 BC Cockfights have become a national tradition of Afghanistan.