Garangao in Qatar 2013 - The Festival of Children (and the Garangao song)

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It's almost time to celebrate Garangao [Ga-ran-ga-oh] (or sometimes called Gir-ga-oon) Garangao, celebrated on the 14th day of Ramadan, is special to the Gulf region , particularly Qatar, and is believed to have its roots in the pearl-diving tradition of the region. Over the years, the festival has gained more popularity with several expatriates joining the celebrations. In the evening, children, clad in their traditional clothes, will come out of their homes and knock on every door in their neighbourhood, which will be ready to receive them with sweets and nuts. They collect the goodies in the special cotton bags, hanging loosely from their necks. Kids will be seen wandering around the streets until late into the night singing the special Garangao song. Now people are not just interested in buying the goodies, but they go for the specially designed packets and bags decorated with popular cartoon characters and other symbols dear to the children. So shops are vying to offer new and attractive designs. The prices of these packets range from QR5 to QR50, according to the size and varieties of the goodies. Several Qatari clubs and organizations, which are instrumental in popularizing the festival, have come out with a variety of cultural events to mark the occasion, as in the previous years. I remember when I was young, we'd all go around singing songs to the different homes and filling our bags with sweets! (I got really annoyed when I had mostly nuts) It was great! I encourage all nationalities to enjoy this festive occassion :)

We've got loads of events listed on so check it out! We've listed Aspire, Katara, Lagoona, QMA, DFI and more.


The Garangao song!

Here’s the song! Play it loud! Lyrics: Garangao Girga oh. Atoona allah yateekum Bayt Mecca ya wadeekum Ya Mecca Yal mamoora Yam il salasil wal thahab ya noora Atoona min mal allah Yislam lakum Abdulla. Now this part of the song is special. You usually end it with the family name or the name of the father of the house (if you know it). So the ending of the song changes. For example: Khalifa: Atoona dahbat leefa Salam Ala Khalifa Translation: Garangao Girga oh Give us what God gave you To Mecca he’ll take you The greatly filled Mecca Covered with tassles, gold and light Give us what God  have given Abdulla greets you with smiles Khalifa: Please give me us a bit of sweets Please say hi to Khalifa.   So who’s going to be the first person to memorize and sing the song? HAPPY GARANGAO EVERYONE!