The traditional way
All throughout the Gulf, Garangao (known by various names within the GCC countries) is celebrated for kids. The idea is for children below 12 to dress in traditional costume and ring around the neighbours’ houses collecting sweets and treats just after the iftar meal on the 14th evening of Ramadan. There are plenty of ways you can enjoy this night with the community (see below) or you could always head out with your kids and find others at it in your neighbourhood. Alternatively, stock up on sweets and pass them around!
Head over for a mid-Ramadan festival, as children will roam throughout the island dressed in traditional costumes, singing old songs, receiving gifts and bags of sweets from their ‘elders’. Activities here include face painting, ceramic colouring, popcorn and cotton candy machines, as well as all those Garangao goodies for kids.
From 8.30pm to 11.30pm in Porto Arabia, 18 La Croisette (4446 3444).
Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel
Join in a family fiesta at this Souq Waqif hotel where kids will enjoy storytelling, sweetie giveaways, henna drawing and competitions, among other things.
From 8.30pm at Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel Exhibition Hall, Souq Waqif (4433 6555).
Katara Cultural Village
Get right to the heart of tradition in the cultural village and enjoy plenty of family-friendly activities such as games and workshops, throughout the night to, as they put it, ‘remember the old days of our fathers and grandfathers, and also to discover our Qatari background and customs.’ Kids will be able to run around the winding alleys calling out for sweets and gifts.
From 7pm, around Katara Cultural Village (www.katara.net).
Coming as part of Aspire Zone Foundation’s ongoing Ramadan Festival, Garangao celebrations will be held throughout the evening. This will see children running around in traditional costume, singing songs, collection sweets and playing games in specially-built tree houses. Doha Film Institute will also be involved as they’ll be screening a film – the Oscar-nominated ‘Children of Heaven’ directed by Majid Majidi in the makeshift tent that has been created for the occasion.
Celebrations start at 9.30pm and the film begins at 11.30pm. Aspire Park, Al Waab (next to the family tent by Hyatt Plaza).
The Heritage Village
What better place to celebrate such a tradition than in a village dedicated to heritage? The programme here includes cultural and entertainment activities, as well as the distribution of the all-important goodie bags, inside and outside the Heritage Village. Activities include handicrafts, games and a tour.
No timings have been reported but it is safe to say they will begin after iftar. Heritage Village, Rumeilah (Al Bidda) Park.
The Youth Company will be handing out goodie bags and boxes filled with sweets and nuts to children at the Pediatrics unit in Hamad Medical City, Al Sadd. Volunteers will be given gift boxes to hand out so why not be one of them?
From 7pm to 8.45pm at Hamad Medical City, Al Sadd. Click to register here.