Posted on July 14, 2014

McDonald’s Qatar celebrated the traditional ‘festival of children’- Garangaoo on Saturday by welcoming children and their parents to enjoy the spectacular festivities at their branches at Suhaim bin Hamad, Airport, Markiya, Ras Abu Aboud, Abu Hamour, Hyatt Plaza, Woqood, Gharaffa, Lagoona Mall, Barwa and at their newest branch at Al Meera, West Bay Area. 

McDonald’s Qatar celebrates Garangaoo 3 [].jpgGarangaoo, or sometimes called Gir-ga-oon, is celebrated mid Ramadan and is believed to have its roots in the pearl-diving tradition of the region. Over the years, the festival has gained more popularity with several expatriates joining the celebrations.

McDonald’s play area and drive thru was filled with the loud cheers and special Garangaoo songs by the children dressed in their traditional and colourful clothes. Qatari kids and expatriates enjoyed lots of entertaining activities including games and workshop at McDonald’s branches as they walked around collecting goody bags packed with assorted nuts and candies. McDonald characters also added to the festive appeal as they entertained the kids and showered them with surprises. Special gifts were distributed to the kids who were dressed in the best traditional clothes.

McDonald’s Qatar celebrates Garangaoo 1 [].jpgMr. Kamal Saleh Al Mana, Managing Director of Al Mana Restaurants & Food Co., the owner and operator of McDonald’s restaurants in Qatar said: “The Holy month of Ramadan is the time for giving and sharing and Garangaoo captures the ethos of Ramadan and our rich cultural heritage. By participating in this traditional celebration we aim to bring a smile to the faces of our children, who celebrate the festivities with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement and perpetuate the true message of generosity. We want to share the spirit of goodwill and grace with other nationalities and highlight the rich fabric of the effervescent Qatari culture. This is one way we want to say thank you to all those that support McDonald’s Qatar during the year and we hope that Garangaoo continues to be a special event in their lives.”

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