One of my favourite things about travelling to other countries is learning about and experiencing a new culture. This is something I was really excited about living in the Middle East. Now while everybody has heard of Ramadan they might not have heard about the Gulf Festival of Garangao!What is Garangao?
Garangao occurs at the halfway point of Ramadan (the 14th night). It is essence the night of Ramadan for children!
This is a festival celebrated throughout the Gulf but only known as Garangao in Qatar and Bahrain!
What happens during Garangao
As Garangao is for the children, after the fast has been broken on the 14th night of Ramadan, children get dressed up in festival dress and wear bags around their neck! They sing special Garangao songs and go door to door knocking and receiving treats, traditionally nuts (not dissimilar to Halloween in that respect).
Celebrating Garangao Festival in Doha
While Garangao is officially celebrated on the 14th night of Ramadan, usually their are events in the week surrounding.
Where to celebrate Garangao in Doha
There are Garangao festivals all round Doha and many companies in Qatar will have some celebration. Often the biggest celebrations for children are held at Katara, Education City, Museum of Islamic Arts and the Pearl!