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Keep your kids busy this Garangao

Keep your kids busy this Garangao

Tuesday, 23 July, marks the 14th day of Ramadan. It’s that time of the year again – children all dressed in brightly coloured garments, carrying little bags of sweets and nuts, knocking on the doors asking for more, singing songs while roaming around the neighbourhood…

Yes, we are talking about Garangao!

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.

This year, a variety of activities have been lined up to celebrate Garangao. They are open to children from any nationality.

  • Head over to Aspire Park on 23 July at 9.30pm. There is a small makeshift village built containing traditionally decorated houses, where women dressed in traditional attire will distribute sweets to children. The Aspire Zone Foundation has also planned a special Doha Film Institute film screening of the Oscar nominated film Children of Heaven directed by Majid Majidi in the Aspire Zone tent at 11:30 p.m. For more info visit the Aspire Zone website or Facebook page.
  • Enjoy the spirit of Garangao in Katara’s beautiful traditional setting on 23 July. The celebration begins by a theatrical concert (45 minutes long) at 7pm in Building 12 followed by a host of entertainment and educational activities. These include puppet theatre, reading corner, art workshops, short stories writing, heritage corner, handicrafts corner, etc. Don’t miss the Alhzayah or Arrawi session where you and your kids can learn more about the Garangao history and tradition. For more info visit the Katara website.
  • The National Musuem Qatar will be holding their second annual “Celebrating Garangao” event in partnership with Katara, QMA Public Art and Mathaf. The two-day event is divided into an Arabic programme on 21 July, and an English programme on 22 July from 8.30-10.30pm at QMA Gallery, Building 10 in Katara. The event includes a Garangao fashion show showcasing the evolution of children’s costume from past to present, several art making activities such as clay, collage and noise makers. Local Ramadan food and sweets will be distributed. For more information visit the Mathaf website.
  • There will be a Garangao programme held at the Heritage Village situated in Al Rumeilia Park. It will include heritage, cultural and entertainment activities including distribution of Garangao bags and gifts to children. Children will get a chance to learn about traditional arts and crafts and popular games of the past. There’s a special tour of the village planned to revive the old practice of reminding people about the Suhour timings. Read the full report in Gulf Times here. The programme is most likely to begin after iftar.
  • Hyatt Plaza is organising interactive shows and games for children in co-operation with the Traffic Department of Qatar. Garangao gifts will also be distributed to the children. The event is on 23 July from 8:30pm to 11:30pm at Hyatt Plaza food court. For any inquiries call 44999666 or visit their website.
  • City Center Doha will be distributing Garangao bags for kids on 23 July from 9pm– 11pm. The venue is in the ground floor of the mall, opposite the QNB centre and Samsung kiosk.
  • Ezdan Mall will be holding a special Garangao night on 22 July from 8pm. Children will be provided with traditional clothes from Al Mashata and will learn how to design personalised Garangao bags at the art workshop area. They will then go on to collect nuts and sweets and other goodies from stores in the mall. The event will conclude with a fun-filled puppet show.
  • Villaggio and Landmark malls are collaborating with Qatar Heritage and cultural Village for the Garangao celebrations on 23 July. Children can take part in a parade taking place in both malls at 9pm, singing the Garangao songs and distributing goodie bags to customers.
  • The Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels will be hosting a Garangao night on 23 July  at 8:30pm at Al Mirqab Hotel Exhibition Hall. Activities will include traditional Henna drawings for kids, competitions, story-telling and candy giveaways. For more info, visit their Facebook Page.
  • The Pearl-Qatar is hosting a Garangao event on 23 July, next to Tickles & Giggles. Activities include: face painting, henna drawing, falcon display, balloon twisting and ceramique colouring and sweets distribution. There is instant photo printing available on site for your kids to collect their photographs with the falcon as souvenirs.  For any inquiries call: 44463444

Want to do the community some good? Register with Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) or The Youth Company (TYC) as volunteers.

  • TYC is teaming up with Hamad Medical Corporation’s Al-Sadd Pediatrics Department, to distribute gift bags containing sweets, nuts and toys to kids at the hospital on 23 July at 7pm. There will also be music and clown performances to entertain the kids. Click here for more info.
  • ROTA too is organising a Garangao Night for the kids at the HMC Pediatric Leukemia department at 6.30pm on 23 July. For any enquiries, visit their website.

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