Garanga’oh, also known as Garangao, Karangao or Garanga’oh Night, is celebrated in the mid-month night of Ramadan. The Qatari society celebrates the fiesta of Garanga’oh around the 14th day of Ramadan.
Starting right after Iftar, children gather in their vibrant traditional costumes in each neighborhood and start wandering, going from door to door, chanting a special rhyme while holding cloth sacks to fill them with goodies (similar to Halloween). The night continues after the evening prayers till late hours of the night. The adults gather at home waiting for the youngsters to show up to fill their sacks with sweets and nuts. Families pay short visits to each others and exchange greetings and folk dishes.
Garanga’oh rewards children for fasting during the first half of Ramadan and encourages them to continue to fast during the second half of the month. It also aims to thank ‘Al Mosaher’, an individual who dedicates his time to waking people up for Suhoor meals throughout Ramadan.
Common across the GCC, Garanga’oh has been celebrated in the region since the old times. Although known as Garanga’oh in Qatar and Bahrain, it’s also referred to as Haq al Laylah (Due of the Night) or Haq Allah (God’s Due) in the UAE; Al Garangashooh or Al Tolbah (The Request) in Oman; and Garga’an Night in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
In Qatar, Garanga’oh has become more than just a traditional ‘trick-or-treat’ night. In order to preserve this folk heritage, schools and some clubs in Doha celebrate the event by giving away folk dishes, sacks of Garanga’oh sweets and nuts, and by playing folk games. Many venues in Qatar and even the hotels celebrate the night and invite the public, both Qatari and non-Qatari, to join the celebrations.
Have a look at Marhaba’s Guide to ‘Garanga’oh 2015 Celebrations in Qatar’!
Ramadan seems to be a peculiar month for non-Muslims,which can lead to misunderstandings and misconceptions. Embrace Doha is giving you an opportunity to experience and learn about the holy month of Ramadan in an unique way while enjoying a Qatari Iftar and celebrating Garanga’oh with locals. The event will include a Ramadan Session, Qatari Iftar, traditional gifts (Garanga’oh), and Henna.
Tickets are priced at QAR100 per person available at https://embraceramadan.eventbrite.com.
Qatar National Library (QNL)
Join Qatar National Library (QNL) in a special event organised by Qatar Foundation to celebrate Garanga’oh. QNL invites you all, adults and children of all ages to join the children;s festival with a number of folk, traditional and entertaining activities.
Join Qatar Foundation for a traditional Garanga’oh night of celebration on Monday 29 June 2915 at 8 pm at Al Shaqab’s Indoor Arena. Bring your entire family to enjoy storytelling sessions, pony riding, traditional games, and more.
Doha Film Institute (DFI) and Aspire Zone will celebrate the mid-Ramadan children’s festival Garanga’oh with a special, free screening of animated classic Ponyo on 1 July 2015 at 11 pm in Freej Aspire. Entry is subject to capacity and granted on a first-come, first- served basis.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo (2008) tells the charming tale of a goldfish princess who falls in love with a five-year-old Sosouk, a good-natured youngster. He finds and frees a beautiful fish trapped in a bottle, names her Ponyo and takes her everywhere in his green bucket, promising to look after her forever. Touched by Sosouk’s kindness and fascinated by his life on land, Ponyo decides she wants to become human, throwing their world out of balance.
Aspire Zone Foundation will be celebrating Garanga’oh in its own special way with a unique event that takes place in Freej Aspire, launched by Aspire Zone for the first time this year. The Garanga’oh night at Freej Aspire will involve a number of sports activities and entertainment for adults and children, as well as the participation of a number of local organisations. Activities will include Grandma Memo, Um Khalaf, a magician, kids’ crafts, traditional games and songs and storytellin.
Fereej Aspire will also organise a Garanga’oh night which will include a competition for the best traditional dress. Three winners will be selected and each will receive an iPhone and iPad device. Winners will be selected according to the number of ‘likes’ they receive on social media.
Katara Cultural Village
Join Katara Cultural Village to celebrate Garanga’oh Night at Katara on 1 July 2015 from 8 pm till 11 pm.
Bring your children to celebrate the special Garanga’oh activities organised by Qatar National Bank on the 13th and 14th of Ramadan (30 June and 1 July 2015) at the 3rd floor of City Center mall from 8 pm to 11 pm.
Lagoona Mall will be celebrating Garanga’oh night on 1 July 2015 at 9 pm facing Costa Coffee.
Celebrating the special occasion of Garang’oh, Eatopia Qatar is hosting a delightful cup cake baking session for children on 1 July 2015 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm at Eatopia Drama Kitchen. Eatopia Qatar will also be giving out Garang’oh goodies.
Book a place for your little baker (limited space). For more information or reservations, call 4020 6400.
Qatar Fuel (Woqod)
Woqod will be celebrating Garanga’oh at selected branches: Al Hilal, Mesaimeer, Al Rayyan, Al Gharaffa, Wadi Al Banat, Katara, The Pearl-Qatar, Al Wajba, Muaither, Rawdat Al Hamama and Al Markhiya. Starting 6 pm, employees will be distributing Garanga’oh sweets and nuts to children.
Zubarah Boutique Hotel Doha
On the occasion of holy Ramadan, Zubarah Hotel is hosting a Garanga’oh Night, which will be an evening of Qatari cultural exchange and Ramadan festivities on 1 July 2015 at 6:30 pm at its Baraha Restaurant (Ground Floor).
Childhood Cultural Center
Join Childhood Cultural Center’s Garanga’oh celebrations at Katara Cultural Village, Building 30 at 8 pm.
Celebrate Garanga’oh with Carbon Wheels from 8 pm – 12 am tonight and enjoy sweets, treats and surprises.
There will be other venues celebrating Garanga’oh across Qatar including Souq Waqif, The-Pearl-Qatar, malls and hotels. Stay tuned for updates or contact the venue in which you would like to celebrate Garanga’oh at to see what they have planned.
Note: Please be extra cautious while on roads and take safety measures to avoid traffic accidents. Remember, children will be walking around residential neighborhoods to collect gifts during this night.
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