UDC to host Garangao festivities at Pearl-Qatar
June 16 2016 12:01 AM
The Pearl-Qatar’s Souq Al Medina will be the venue of this year’s Garangao festival.

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 Garangao celebration is part of UDC’s cultural activities “in line with the spirit of solidarity of the holy month.”
The event will take place on June 19 from 9pm to 12 midnight in Medina Centrale’s indoor arena of Souq Al Medina at The Pearl-Qatar.
The celebration will include a variety of activities offering children the opportunity to listen to customary stories and readings from the Qur’an in a traditional tent setting.
Other attractions will also include henna and face painting stations, bouncing castles, and inflatable slides alongside delicious treats such as popcorn, ice cream and cotton candy machines.  
Garangao give-away goodies will be distributed by selected restaurants in Medina Centrale, which the children will be visiting. They will be accompanied by the traditional “Musaher” mascot.
This initiative underscores UDC’s efforts to keep alive local traditions and to also encourage the younger generation to preserve this form of folk heritage.
In addition, the company also promotes its upcoming indoor retail attraction of Souq Al Medina in the Island’s bustling precinct of Medina Centrale.
UDC noted that this year’s Garangao celebration at The Pearl-Qatar will be the biggest yet as the latter serves as a hub of activities for all ages. Families in and around the Island are encouraged to come together to mark the occasion in a tremendous fashion.
Garangao is a children’s tradition practiced in the Gulf, primarily in Qatar, and celebrated on the 14th day of Ramadan tradition.
The origin of the word “Garangao” or “Gargee’aan” comes from the Gulf word “Gara,” which connotes the sound of things knocking together, such as the sound of the nuts and sweets in the bags as children carry them around their necks, or the sound of the knocking of the children at people’s doors or even the sound of the stones that children carry while singing and roaming around houses.

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