Meet Zari, Sesame Street’s New Afghan Muppet

Afghanistan’s Sesame Street is getting its first local character!

According to Entertainment Weekly, Zari is “a 6-year-old girl who’s ‘curious and eager’ and whose name means ‘shimmering’.” She’s the first local character on Baghch-e-Simsim, which is one of the most popular television shows in the country. What will Zari do?

The series, which includes segments on tradition and culture, will highlight Zari in three formats: Zari Exercises, which encourages physical health and well being; Zari Says “Salaam,” which covers the greeting “asalaam alaikum” and Afghan national identity; and Zari Interviews a Doctor, in which she talks to a pediatrician and learns about taking care of herself.

You can also watch a video of Zari springing to life: