Qatar Foundation Celebrates Garangao with a Host of Fun Activities
Qatar Foundation (QF) celebrated Garangao with an array of fun games and cultural activities. The event, which took place at Al Shaqab in Education City, brought together hundreds of families from around Qatar.
During the festivities, children were given a chance to turn recycled materials into art, play giant Scrabble boards, relax in a designated reading lounge, enjoy pony rides, play football games, and solve fun riddles and brainteasers.
Maryam Al Mansoori, a Qatari mother who participated in the event with her two sons, said she was grateful to Qatar Foundation for organising these fun activities for children. She said that Garangao is all about putting a smile on children’s faces, and teaching them the important values of sharing, teamwork, and friendship.
Young visitors were also given an opportunity to meet Rashed and Nora, popular characters from ‘Siraj’, QF’s animated TV series that teaches the Arabic alphabet.
Sarah Ali Abdullah, another visitor to the event, said her family enjoyed the interactive storytelling session – praising the talented storyteller who knows how to keep the children engaged.
I’ve seen families and children of all nationalities here. I think the Garangao activities organised by Qatar Foundation offer a great opportunity to share our most beloved traditions with people from other cultures.’
Mohammed Al Muhannadi, another parent who attended the event and participated in the different activities, said his children really enjoyed the Garangao activities each year.
It’s a brilliant idea to have so many educational and fun activities together in one place. The event caters to children with different interests, opening their minds to creativity while connecting them to the core traditions of the Qatari culture.’
Garangao is a popular children’s festival traditionally celebrated across the Arabian Gulf region midway through Ramadan. On this night, children sing the special ‘Garangao song’, wear traditional clothes, and collect nuts and sweets.
For more information on the Ramadan activities at Qatar Foundation, visit qf.org.qa.