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June 18, 2016

Thousands Enjoy Qatar Foundation’s Garangao Celebrations

More than 5,000 members of the local community took part in Qatar Foundation’s (QF's) annual Garangao festivities at Al Shaqab on Friday.
As part of its commitment to preserving Qatar’s heritage, QF upholds national traditions by providing a year-round calendar of cultural activities. And, during the fun-filled evening that celebrated youth and the richness of Qatari culture, families enjoyed a wide range of community activities including traditional Arabic games for children, arts and crafts, pony rides and storytelling sessions, as well as the chance to try popular Qatari dishes.
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The indoor arena of Al Shaqab provided an ideal location to entertain and culturally-engage visitors after being transformed into an atmospheric venue representative of Garangao’s rich cultural roots and traditions.

The exciting event also provided an invaluable opportunity for QF’s various entities to celebrate and interact with the local community. Qatar Solar Technology (QSTec) facilitated creative lantern making sessions using solar panels, while the Qur'anic Botanic Garden (QBG) offered visitors a range of planting activities, as well as 3D puzzles and virtual reality games.

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) offered activities such as ‘The Operation’, which taught children about medicine and the human body, as well as a ‘Grow It Yourself’ activity that enabled children to plant seeds and understand nature better. In addition, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) collaborated with Qatar National Library (QNL) to produce a popular puppet show and storytelling session.
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Adding to the excitement of Friday’s annual event, a number of free horse-related activities were provided by Al Shaqab such as a mechanical bucking horse and pony rides which brought Qatar’s equestrian heritage to a young audience, inspiring children to take an interest in equestrian sport.

A number of exciting National Reading Campaign activities were also held as part of this year’s festivities at the popular spot located in front of the ‘Reading Truck’. Children were able to read at the ‘Book Hangout’, make bookmarks, play games and solve puzzles together.
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The Garangao event not only made a meaningful cultural impact on attendees but also raised money for Reach Out To Asia’s (ROTA) ‘Reach Into Qatar’ Initiative. ROTA is a member of Qatar Foundation.

Garangao is an annual festival that traditionally takes place midway through Ramadan. As part of the celebrations, children are also given sweets, gifts and the chance to participate in team games and other much-loved pastimes.

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