Thousands of Visitors Participate in Katara Ramadan Festival to Celebrate Garangao Night

A massive number of multi-national children and adults flocked to the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara to attend the traditional festival of Garangao Sunday night, in a joyous celebration of the 14th day of Ramadan.

Scores of excited and cheerful children stayed until after midnight to enjoy a feast of Katara’s colorful Ramadan activities. They also gathered to pick up their cloth bags before circling the interior of the amphitheater, other Katara zones to collect what appeared to be in some cases almost a year’s supply of sweets and nuts.

Commenting on the event, the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara, Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, said:

“Attracting such a wide audience of all ages to our Ramadan Festival is a sign of yet another success and a recognition of Katara as a premiere cultural and touristic destination in Qatar, where visitors can share entertainment, educational, scientific and spiritual experiences”.

Dr. Al-Sulaiti added: “The Garangao night is loaded with unique traditional and educational themes, and through celebrating it we aim at bolstering ties amongst families and neighborhoods so this love and companionship atmosphere can be enjoyed and shared by next generations”.

Bowls of nuts, candy and chocolates were distributed to the children’s outstretched arms. Accompanied by their families, most children were dressed in traditional Garangao attire – gold-colored head and neckpieces, veils and richly embroidered caftans and skirts for the girls, and white ‘thobes’ with gold lining, miniature ‘bishts’, and crisp ‘ghutras’ for the boys.

Activities during the Garangao festival at Gate Mall yesterday. Pic: Kammutty VP/The Peninsula
Activities during the Garangao festival at Gate Mall yesterday. Pic: Kammutty VP/The Peninsula

 

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