A cherished tradition in the month of Ramadan is the children’s much-loved celebration of Garangao which marks the success of children having fasted halfway through the Holy Month. This is an occasion that commences at the break of sunset on the 14th night of Ramadan and is a practice in Qatar and other countries in the region.
The celebration in a classic sense typically has children step out to neighbouring households to share greetings and collect their share of chocolates, candies and nuts. The celebration also sees families and friends coming together.
The Garangao buzz begins at the dawn of Ramadan with families with kids rushing to tailors to get the most vibrant traditional outfits along with adornments bracing for the grand Garangao appearance. Along with the attire, a custom pouch to ensure those goodies are safe is made to tailor for boys and girls alike.
Another notable feature of the celebration of the festivity is the “Garangao” chant that kids sing along as they stroll around for their candies. Over the years, the ways of celebrating Garangao in Qatar has evolved with many events organized in public venues that bring to life the fun festive vibe.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team has brought to you a list of various events and activities that you can choose from to feel the celebratory spirit and get the little ones excited.
Qatar Foundation’s equestrian centre Al Shaqab is hosting a celebration to bring to life Qatari traditions along with games and activities for kids with an equestrian twist.
The National Museum of Qatar is housing a simple storytelling session depicting a Garangao tale with an animated flare. The story will be about how the kangaroo, Mahboub, awaiting his two friends to celebrate Garangao. This is an activity that is suitable for children between the ages of 5-11. Do note that the activity will be conducted in Arabic.
Mall of Qatar is hosting exciting events for the little ones to bring on the spirit of Garangao inclusive of a kids choir and candy distribution.
As part of their Ramadan Oasis celebration, Al Aziziyah has included a fun night for the kids to celebrate bringing some thrilling activities, and competitions along with delicious food.
A fun stop to take your kids to get their hands on exciting sweet-filled goodie bags and be a part of fun activities.
Make sure your kids do not miss out on the Garangao fun by getting their share of candy with the Gulf Mall Garangao bag.
Head to Torba market to enjoy true Ramadan vibes by visiting their Garangao festivities happening at Education City. The list of activities includes a large puzzle area, art activities, kids candle workshops, and many more; you can take your pick.
A family favourite Garangao destination is Katara which makes many kids happy with all the goodies they have to hand out and interactive activities to keep the little ones busy.
Get in the true festive vibe by heading to Souq Waqif for the kids to be spoilt with an array of goodies.
Head for Iftar and be a part of an eventful Garangao celebration at the Baaya Restaurant where kids will be treated to many goodies.
For a unique take on the celebration head to Salam Stores to avail a complimentary caricature with your child along with other gift purchases.
Enjoy food vendors, interactive activities, goodies and many more at the Garangao event hosted by Education CITY which is free of cost for all.
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