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Posted On: 5 May 2020 11:01 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:22 pm

Ramadan 2020: Buses to drop by children's homes to distribute sweets, nuts this Garangao

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The Ministry of Culture and Sports is preparing to celebrate Garangao this year in a distinct Qatari heritage atmosphere which will mix reviving heritage and fun, by running buses that will distribute packaged Garangao bags of sweets and nuts to children in their homes.

Amid the precautionary measures that the Ministry is keen to follow in light of the Coronavirus outbreak, those trips will follow public safety instructions that do not cause gatherings with an attempt to export the festive atmosphere by providing buses with loudspeakers. These speakers will play the Garangao song, wishing safety, health, and joy for all, with the aim of establishing communication to spread the spirit of affection, intimacy, and love in society and encourage children to know the customs of their community.

Garangao is a Qatari traditional children’s party celebrated after the breaking of the fast on the 14th night of Ramadan when half of the fasting month is over.

On his part, Mr. Issa Al Harami, Director of Sports Affairs at the Ministry of Culture and Sports, explained that the celebration is a symbolic initiative aimed at spreading joy in the hearts of children and reviving the popular heritage in light of the current status of the Corona pandemic. Ten sports clubs will be participating, namely (Al Rayyan Sports Club, Al Sadd Sports Club, Qatar Sports Club, Al-Khor Sports Club, Al-Shamal Sports Club, Al-Arabi Sports Club, Al-Gharafa and Al-Riyadi Club, Umm Salal Sports Club, Al-Ahly Sports Club, Al-Wakra Sports Club).

The buses will bear the Ministry’s logo and the club and equipped with amplifiers to broadcast songs. It is difficult for the buses to cover all parts of the country but a large group of children will receive Garangao gifts. This is in the context of ensuring community participation during this occasion and ensuring that it does not stop during the current exceptional circumstance, by reviving it with full commitment to all precautionary measures that guarantee the safety of everyone.

He noted that videos have been made that will be broadcast on social media platforms to clarify the safety procedures followed when preparing the buses so everyone can be assured of dealing with them while ensuring that the celebration does not go out, as the Ministry, with the participation of sports clubs, allows people to celebrate in their places through buses that have been prepared in advance to run them in order to ensure that they reach all regions.

The Director of Sports Affairs explained that the celebration aims to preserve our authentic heritage, which is transmitted by generations, and represents a great joy for adults and children of all ages, especially children who were keen every year to move in groups to seek songs of Garangao alongside popular songs related to this heritage night.


Source: Ministry of Culture and Sports