with the heritage of the GCC, Garangao has been celebrated in the
region since the olden days. On this night, mid-Ramadan, children roam
around their neighborhoods wearing traditional vibrant clothing and
singing traditional songs to mark the occasion, and receive varieties of
gifts and bags of sweets from elders.
The origin of the word "Garangao" or "Gargee'aan" comes from the Gulf word "Gara", which connotes the sound of things
knocking together, such as the sound of the nuts and sweets
in the bags as children carry them around their necks, or the sound of
the knocking of the children at people's doors or even the sound of the
stones that children carry while singing and roaming around houses. This
annual tradition can be likened to that of Halloween (minus the ghost,
ghoul and scary stories!)
The Pearl-Qatar is revving up to host a multitude of activities to ensure a very festive Garangao evening on the island.
right after Iftar (9pm), The Pearl-Qatar serves as a hub of activities
for all ages. The celebration will include a variety of activities
offering children the opportunity to listen to customary stories and
readings from the Qu'ran in a traditional tent setting. Other
attractions include henna and face painting stations, bouncing castles,
inflatable slides alongside delicious treats such as popcorn, ice cream
and cotton candy machines, as well as Garangao give-away goodies for
Held in the indoor arena of Souq
Al Medina in Medina Centrale allows the evening festivities to continue
after the evening prayers, till late hours of the night. This year's
Garangao celebrations at The Pearl is sure to be the biggest yet and
encourages families in and around the island to come together to mark
the occasion in a tremendous fashion.
on Sunday 19th June come along and be part of a celebration that is
steeped in tradition, a festivity that reminds the Qatari community of
their cultural past and a night which brings the community together.
Garangao, let's engage, enjoy and acknowledge the bliss of childhood,
its purity, and the delights and happiness of Ramadan.