The day to celebrate Garangao [Ga-ran-ga-oh] (or sometimes called Gir-ga-oon) is coming up! Garangao is celebrated on the 14th day of Ramadan, and is a special Ramadan tradition in Qatar and the Gulf region. It's a celebration for children who have fasted for half of Ramadan, and they absolutely love this colourful and sweet tradition. It's a way to encourage children to fast during Ramadan, and it's a time of great fun and rejoicing with their family and friends.
During Garangao, traditionally, children go around homes in their neighbourhood collecting sweets, nuts and other items that children love, which they collect in a bag, and then take home to feast on!
Here, we're going to tell you what makes up a Garangao basket and what goodies are usually found in these baskets.
Nuts are among the must-have items in the Garangao basket. Mostly, you'll find, walnuts, peanuts and almonds in the Garangao basket. If you're lucky there may be some sugar-coated almonds in the mix!
Sweets and toffees in different colours are what the children love best, especially during Garangao and they enjoy collecting all these different traditional sweets from neighbours, family and friends.
What Garangao basket would be complete without some chocolates? You'll find individually wrapped chocolates, chocolate bars, chocolates with nuts, and more.
Lollipops are another favourite in the Garangao basket. The different coloured lollipops attract the children and as they go on their round of the neighbourhood, you'll often see them with a lollipop in their mouths.
Crackers are also a popular item that you'll often find in Garangao baskets. These are crunchy rice crackers that are seasoned. They come in different sizes and flavours. There are peas, too, and some crackers have nuts in them.
Since Garangao is such a big part of Qatari culture, people go especially to the Souqs like Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakrah in Doha where they can find huge baskets or sacks with all kinds of goodies for the children. They bring these baskets or sacks home, and when children ring their doorbell, they hand out sweets, nuts and other items to them.
If you're feeling lazy or running out of time to prepare your Garangao basket, you can simply order online, too. It can be more expensive, but it's super convenient, too.
Tasmeem is one of Qatar's most popular flowers and chocolate distributors. They also have great cakes and other gift items that you can gift to your loved ones this Garangao.
Qatar Collections caters to a diverse range of arts, crafts and unique products, and gift items for special occasions like Ramadan and Garangao.
Gardenia Collection has been one of Qatar's leading distributors of fresh flowers since 1980. In addition to flowers, gardenia also offers chocolates, candies, lollipops, nuts and more!
Buono Chocolates and Flowers provides their customers with a luxurious chocolate selection and the freshest of flowers. And when Ramadan comes around and it's time for Garangao, you can get some of the finest baskets or hampers. Their aim is to exceed customers expectations and provide them with products they or their loved ones will enjoy.
Fauchon opened its doors in France in 1886, and with time, grew to be a global brand with a presence in Qatar as well. It's well-known for its French contemporary luxury cuisine. Why not gift your loved ones a precious Fauchon gift hamper this Garangao.?
Sources: Qatar Collection; Ali Bin Ali Hospitality; Gardenia Collections
Cover image credit: My New Persona
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