Monday, June 29, 2015

Ramadan 2015, Day 11 – Garangao Preparation and Another Sohour

In Qatar the 14th night of Ramadan is a holiday called Garangao, where children dress up in traditional clothes and go door-to-door singing songs. The kids then receive candies and nuts from the household. It’s has some similarities to Halloween in North America except the kids do not dress up in costumes and Garangao does not have any association with spooky themes like witches, ghosts and so forth.

So Souq Waqif has been busy with Qataris shopping at the candy stores, stocking up for Garangao.

Typically people give the children handfuls of small candies and nuts so you need a lot of supplies. These wheelbarrows are full of Garangao shopping.

Nowadays Doha is a big city so many kids go to organized Garangao activities rather than wander the neighbourhood going door-to-door. I’ll try to get out to one if I can.


Last night was another sohour buffet, this time at the W Hotel.

They had a great selection of sushi so right off the bat I was happy. And they had traditional Turkish ice cream (dondurma), a thick, gummy ice cream. It’s fantastic stuff. In the end I ate too much as usual but the food was great. There was no way to even try it all.

So another night where I did not eat a 3am meal. Too stuffed from the W.

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