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12 June 2017 11:32 am

Qatar Airways celebrates traditional Garangao night

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Qatar Airways organised a memorable Garangao event for its employees and their families to celebrate the highly-anticipated annual mid-Ramadan children’s festival, highlighting the airline’s commitment to preserving Qatar’s rich culture and heritage. This year’s event was held from 8-9 June, providing children festivities and celebrations with a particular focus on traditional Qatari games.

The traditional celebrations were held at Regency Halls, a  banquet hall strategically located in the heart of Doha. The festive tradition enabled children to truly experience the spirit of Ramadan, the Month of Giving, as they received gift bags that included nuts and sweets.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Human Resources, Ms. Nabeela Fakhri said: “We are delighted  to have brought together our employees and their families at this year’s Garangao night. Qatar Airways is a keen supporter of traditional initiatives such as Garangao; this is why we have decided to celebrate this year’s event with our Qatar Airways family. It is our  pleasure to be part of this joyous occasion, while showing our commitment to preserving Qatar’s rich culture, heritage and customs.”

All of the attendees at the Garangao celebration were treated to suhoor, a customary pre-dawn meal during Ramadan, with ethnic Qatari dishes and traditional drinks, enabling everyone to enjoy an experience immersed in local heritage and culture.

The annual children’s event, Garangao, is celebrated on the 14th day of Ramadan each year after the Islamic sunset prayer. The name comes from the Gulf word, ‘Gara’, which describes the sound of things knocking together – such as the sound of children knocking on doors, or the nuts and sweets they gather knocking together in the material bag they carry around their neck. Traditionally, children would dress in trendy traditional clothing, and sing Garangao songs as they visit their neighbourhood homes.