Garangao, also known as Garanga’oh, Karangao or Garanga’oh Night, is celebrated in the mid-month night of Ramadan. The Qatari society celebrates Garangao around the 14th day of Ramadan, which falls on 9 June this year.
Starting right after Iftar, children gather in their vibrant traditional costumes in each neighbourhood 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 until 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 other and exchange greetings and folk dishes.
Garangao 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 Suhour meals throughout Ramadan.
Common across the GCC, Garangao has been celebrated in the region since the old times. Although known as Garangao 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, Garangao 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 Garangao 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 ‘Garangao 2017 Celebrations in Qatar’!
Al Shaqab Indoor Arena (Qatar Foundation Event)
When: 8 June 2017, 7:30 pm – midnight
Where: Al Shaqab Indoor Arena (see location map below)
When: 9 June 2017, 7:30 pm onwards
Where: Asian town Multi Function Hall, Near Grand Mall
Doha Festival City
When: 9 June 2017. 9 pm – Midnight
Where: Ground Floor, Doha Festival City
Mall of Qatar
When: 7, 8, 9 June 2017. 9 pm – Midnight
Where: Oasis, Mall of Qatar
Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)
When: 7 June 2017, 8 pm onwards
Where: Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)
Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels
When: 9 June 2017. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Al Jasra Boutique Hotel (meeting point), Al Bidda Boutique Hotel (event venue)
When: 9 June 2017, 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: Center Court, Ground Floor, The Mall
When: 9 June 2017, 8 pm-11 pm
Where: 29 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar
Cultural Village Foundation – Katara
When: 9 June 2017, 9 pm – Midnight
Where: Katara Corridors, Katara Cultural Village