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Garangao provides cultural exchange

Published Sep 06, 2009

Texas A&M at Qatar on 3 Sept. hosted Garangao, a traditional celebration for children held on the 14th day of Ramadan, in the student lounge of the Texas A&M Engineering Building.

Thamer Al-kuwari, a junior electrical engineering major, said the even is important to the University because of the cultural exchange Garangao provides.

"We have a lot of different cultures here at Texas A&M," he said. "This event, which is a root of our culture, provides us with a cultural exchange."

Shaikah Al-Suwaidi said Garangao helps to establish cultural individuality.

"The student population of Texas A&M has a large majority of Qataris," she said, "celebrating Garangao is important because it helps to sustain our culture."

Children participating in the celebration were given special cotton bags to collect candy with. Other Garangao activities included the playing of traditional music as well as having a henna specialist for those interested.