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Date of first marriage or cohabitation (CMC), Solar Hijri calendar

MAR1STCMC_AF is a 4-digit variable.


Like MAR1STCMC (V509), MAR1STCMC_AF reports the century month code (CMC) for the date of the woman's first marriage or cohabitation. However, this variable is country-specific to Afghanistan, as the data are recorded using the Solar Hijri calendar. For most other countries, the CMC data for the date of the woman's first marriage/cohabitation are recorded using the Gregorian calendar. On average, there is a 621 or 622 year gap between the Solar Hijri calendar and the Gregorian calendar.

For detailed information about the interpretation and calculation of CMC statistics on the date of first marriage or cohabitation, see MAR1STCMC (V509).


MAR1STCMC_AF has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

While a standard recode variable reporting the CMC of the woman's first marriage/cohabitation is included in every phase of the DHS data, MAR1STCMC_AF is country-specific to Afghanistan.


  • Afghanistan 2015: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • Afghanistan: 2015-C, 2015-W, 2015-B, 2015-W