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Month of first marriage or cohabitation (Solar Hiji calendar)

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MAR1STMO_AF (V507_AF) reports the month of the woman's first marriage or cohabitation according to the Solar Hijri calendar, which is used in Afghanistan and Iran. The year of the woman's first marriage/union is reported in MAR1STYR_AF.


MAR1STMO_AF (V507_AF) has no comparability problems.

All standard date variables in Afghanistan DHS samples are given in the Solar Hijri calendar. The Solar Hijri calendar year consists of 12 months of 29 to 31 days. The first 6 months (Hamal through Sonbola) each contain 31 days, the following 5 months (Mizan through Dalvae) each contain 30 days, and the last month (Hut) contains 29 days (30 in a leap year). The Solar Hijri calendar begins on the March equinox, which usually falls around March 21 in the Gregorian calendar. In general, the Solar Hijri calendar is 621 or 622 years behind the Gregorian calendar.

Comparability - Standard DHS

MAR1STMO_AF (V507) is included in all phases of the standard DHS questionnaire for Afghanistan.


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