Posted on June 14, 2017

As part of its cultural activities, and in line with the spirit of solidarity of the Holy Month of Ramadan, McDonald's Qatar, one of the leading quick service restaurant in the country, held a multitude of activities to celebrate the Garangao tradition, a mid-Ramadan festival for children.

Garangao is a traditionally celebrated event on the 14th night of Ramadan across the Gulf region, where children celebrate the holy month’s values of sharing, as they go around their neighborhoods, knocking on doors, dressed up in colorful, traditional Qatari clothes, singing the event’s signature song, with cloth bags that they carry around to collect nuts and candies from their neighbors. Nowadays, the festival is celebrated across the country with a wide range of supporting events and activities including arts and crafts workshops, storytelling sessions, henna and face painting as well.

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The event took place on June 9th, from 7pm to 9 pm by welcoming children and their parents at McDonald’s branches in Markhiya, Al Sadd, Doha Festival City, Al Asmakh Mall, Abu Hamour, Al Mana Petrol Station, Hyatt Plaza Mall, Dar Al Salam Mall, Barwa Village, 01 Mall, Mesaieed, Mesaimeer, Al Meera Wakra, City Center Food Court and Ground Floor, Al Jazeera Petrol station, Al Khor, Villagio Mall, Lagoona Mall, Muaither, Al Khor Mall, Al Meera Qutaifiya. Mall Of Qatar, Gharaffa and Ruwais,while at the Airport branch and Barwa City, the celebrations took place between 8.30 pm to 10.30pm.

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The celebration included a variety of activities for the children including distribution of gifts such as nuts, candies and toys in a festive vibe, well suited for Garangao’s tradition and cheerful atmosphere. This initiative underscores McDonald's efforts to keep alive local traditions and to also encourage the younger generation to preserve this form of folk heritage. Commenting on the occasion, Ghada Kamal, Marketing Manager at McDonald's Qatar, said, “The reasons why we celebrate Garangao is to share this Qatari cultural event with the residents who come from different countries, and therefore cultures. It is enriching to learn and actually be a part of it since we are all living in the same community. So, it is all about sharing and giving, which we want to embed in every kid to be part of everyone's culture."

"McDonald’s Qatar has always strived at enriching children’s lives with joyful activities, while instilling in them the values of good citizenship and developing their knowledge and skills to paint a brighter future for themselves and the community. Celebrating Garangao this year with the children and their families filled our hearts with joy, but more importantly draw a smile on their faces, which is a part of McDonald's Qatar Corporate Social Responsibility program in Qatar.”