6 ways to celebrate Garangao this year
Garangao is back again this year! For those unfamiliar with this tradition, Garangao is a mid-Ramadan festival that’s celebrated in the Gulf Arab states. On the 14th day of Ramadan, just after the Iftar meal, Qatari children aged 12 and below put on their traditional garments, and set out in groups to collect sweets and candies from neighbours.
In Qatar, it is being celebrated with great pomp. Here is a list of places you can take your kids to.
Al Shaqab indoor arena, Qatar Foundation
Date: 10 July, Thursday
Hosted by Qatar Foundation, this fun-filled evening has a lot to offer for kids. There will be traditional Qatari dishes to sample, pony rides, henna, face painting, traditional songs, special Garangao gifts and other children’s activities. Qatar National Library will be participating in this event too.
Date: 11 July, Friday
Time: 7.30pm until midnight
The Aspire Park will be converted into one huge area solely for sport activities for the children from 7:30 onwards. Activities include running, stilt walking and acrobatic shows to entertain.
Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall, Museum of Islamic Art park
Date: 11 July, Friday
Time: 8.30pm until midnight
A multitude of events ranging from kids designing their own Garangao bag to making their own lunar scopes will take place this Friday. A special puppet show alongside Qatari food and Brazilian sweets will also be available.
Katara Cultural Village, Building 12
Date: 12 July, Saturday
Time: 7pm until midnight
Katara will be the spotlight for events this year for Garangao. Kids will flock to the cultural village to experience the magic of storytellers while collecting sweets. Accompanied with a free screening of Pascal Plisson’s documentary ‘On the Way to School’ at 10pm in Katara Drama Theatre, there will also be giveaways, henna art and face painting, special board games and a special show for children at the Opera House.
There will be a library section for children to learn dealing with a library’s shelves and setting up their own index cards, as well as a programme to teach children how to set up amateur photo albums and create text and graphics-rich mini-album collages. Katara will also organise ‘reading and dialogue’ sessions.
The Gate Mall
The Gate Mall is celebrating this year’s Garangao by hosting a Family Fun Zone at its multi-purpose hall that covers 600 sq m, located on the first floor. Parents are welcomed to bring their kids to play and showcase their artistic side through an array of activities arranged every day.
Date: 13 July, Sunday
Time: After Iftar
The Pearl-Qatar is inviting families to partake in its annual Garangao celebrations. Some activities include: face painting, henna drawing, falcon display, balloon twisting and ceramic colouring and sweets distribution.
[Photo courtesy: Museum of Islamic Art]