Following the success of last year’s festival, Katara presents the return of ‘Halal Hal Qatar Festival’. The 10-day festival will kick start on Friday 22 March to Sunday 31 March 2013 at Katara’s Esplanade.
About the festival
This year’s festival promises to provide a rare insight into the forgotten animal trade bringing to life aspects of Qatar’s history. The festival comprises of three main activities, including a showcase of breeding accessories and equipment used to groom the animals, traditional ranches and an auction. In addition, the festival will host a local competition for the best livestock product. Cash prizes for the best live stock range from QR100,000 to QR10,000.
Mohammed Al Khulaifi, Festival Director, Halal Qatar:
‘We are proud to present the second edition of Halal Qatar, the festival honors Qatari culture and traditions which we are truly proud of, allowing us to reflect on our past to ensure a stronger future. Contributing to Katara’s long term vision to educate, entertain and demonstrate the importance of cultural exchange this event provides a platform to promote Qatari history, allowing youth of Qatar to continue carrying our legacy.’
Halal Qatar allows members of the public to interact with shepherds sharing secrets of their trade who will provide in depth explanation of the livestock and their various types. In addition, ‘Halal Qatar’ will provide visitors with the opportunity to buy and sell animals through the various auctions which will take place throughout the 10 days.
Reviving animal trade as an integral part of Qatari culture and heritage, the festival will showcase pens and stables where goats and sheep are bred, all of which reflects Qatari heritage, honoring the traditions that past generations have carried over the years and will pass on to the generations to come. Local visitors will be given the chance to live the experience of their ancestors as they walk through the traditional ranches which reflects the way in which they lived.
Guests will get the chance to visit the various stables and pens offering them an insight into how animals are bred. The festival will also include an array of activities and events, the best of Qatari’s handmade arts and crafts as well traditional foods including diary products, pictures, popular games and old songs in addition to various falconry shows.
For more information, visit Katara’s website!
Meaning of the term ‘halal’
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permissible. The term is used to describe an object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. However, the term is mostly used in reference to food seen as permissible according to Islamic law. The opposite of halal is haraam. Non-halal or haraam food and drinks include pork, blood, carrion (dead animals), alcohol and anything thing else that has been killed in a non-halal method. For more information, read the ‘Method of Slaughter in Islam‘.