The community came out in full to celebrate Garangao festival at Qatar National Library (QNL), to mark the popular children’s festival traditionally held on the 14th night of Ramadan, and a time for celebration across Qatar.
In keeping with Garangao traditions, visitors arrived at the Library wearing colourful traditional Qatari dresses, and took part in an animated programme of festivities that included singing Garangao songs and cultural arts and crafts.
Noor Jehan, Information Services Librarian at QNL said that the Library’s programme of events this holy month has focused on different aspects of faith, seeking to foster mindfulness and understanding to preserve heritage for future generations.
Garangao has always been a special tradition for the Qatari community, and by hosting this festive event at the Library, we hope to keep this tradition alive, especially for our younger members.’
The ‘Garangao Box Activity’ delighted children during the event. Artist Samar Saeed showed younger guests how to design and create a Garangao box to fill with sweets and nuts, which they were able to take away as memorable tokens of the event.
Eiman Al Sheikh, who attended the event with her daughter, said she is very happy to take part in the Garangao celebration at the Library.
It is very organised, and my daughter is excited to attend the event. We are frequent visitors to the Library so my daughter feels safe and motivated to interact with other children, and learn from them.’
Safwa Rashid, another participant, said celebrating Garangao at the Library is different from celebrating it at home or with close relatives.
To find out more about the ongoing events and exhibitions at QNL, visit qnl.qa/en/events.