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 ‘Garanga’oh 2016 Celebrations in Qatar’!

Gate Mall

Maktaba Qatar GarangaoMaktaba Qatar, the country’s first Children Library, is celebrating Garangao at Gate Mall. Maktaba runs a great program for kids that includes storytelling, craft workshops and traditional games. No reservation is required.

When: 19 & 20 June 2016. 8 pm—10 pm. Gate Mall. 

Qatar Foundation

When: 17 June 2016. 7:30 pm—Midnight. Al Shaqab Indoor Arena

This year’s Garangao Night will feature a range of traditional children’s activities, including storytelling, crafts, games, henna, face painting, pony rides, gifts and prizes, as well as a series of contemporary activities through numerous QF Centres.

The National Reading Campaign (an initiative of Qatar Foundation) will also have a fun designated reading area, allowing children to make bookmarks, swap books and read some of their favourite stories on the night.

More details on Marhaba Events Calendar.


The Pearl-Qatar

Souq Al Medina OutdoorAs part of its cultural activities, and in line with the spirit of solidarity of the Holy Month of Ramadan, United Development Company (UDC), one of Qatar’s leading public shareholding companies and master developer of The Pearl-Qatar, will hold a multitude of activities to celebrate the Garangao tradition, a mid-Ramadan festival for children.

The event will take place on 19 June, 9 pm to midnight in Medina Centrale’s indoor arena of Souq Al Medina at The Pearl-Qatar.

More details on Marhaba Events Calendar.

Katara Cultural Village

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​Recollect wonderful childhood memories with your kids in Katara Garangao. Exciting lineup of activities for kids. 
When: 19 June, 8 pm – 11 pm. Katara Cultural Village