Posted on June 03, 2018

Qatar Foundation (QF) has celebrated Garangao with an array of fun games and cultural activities. The event, which took place on Friday, June 1, at AL SHAQAB in Education City, brought together hundreds of families from around the country.

During the night of 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: “I’m grateful to Qatar Foundation for organizing these fun activities for our children. Garangao is all about putting a smile on children’s faces, and teaching them the important values of sharing, teamwork, and friendship.”

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Additionally, young visitors to the event were given an opportunity to meet Rashed and Nora, popular characters from ‘Siraj’, QF’s animated educational TV series that teaches the Arabic alphabet in a fun and educational way. Sarah Ali Abdullah, a visitor to the event, said: “My family enjoyed the interactive storytelling session - the storyteller is really talented and knows how to keep the children engaged. My daughter is having a wonderful time taking part in word games and pony rides.” Abdullah added: “I’ve seen families and children of all nationalities here. I think QF’s Garangao activities offer a great opportunity to share our most beloved traditions with people from other cultures.”

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Mohammed Al Muhannadi, another visitor to the event, said: “My children enjoy taking part in QF’s 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 and opens 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 QF’s Ramadan activities, please visit www.qf.org.qa

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