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Qaranqashwa…an Omani heritage embodied in the nights of Ramadan

By Manal Abdel Fattah

On the night of the middle of the holy month of Ramadan, one of the most prominent customs passed down through generations, known as “Qaranqashou,” is held to draw joy on the faces of children, reward them and encourage them to fast, and also achieve and enhance social communication and instill it in their souls.

“Qaranqasho” is celebrated in a number of states of the Sultanate of Oman, and it is the prevailing name in most of them, while in some states it is called “Garqi’an”, which is the common name in some Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

He is preparing to revive this annual tradition on the fourteenth day of Ramadan, during which joy appears on the faces of the children, as they go out in their splendid clothes wearing traditional Omani clothes in groups to visit homes and move through the neighborhoods while singing popular songs inspired by the authentic Omani heritage, and the homeowners receive them with sweets and gifts.

The celebration of “Qaranqashuh” comes in order to revive ancient Omani customs and teach children about the importance of Omani heritage and preserving it generation after generation.

It is noteworthy that “Qaranqasho” gifts were previously limited to distributing dates only, and over time, different types of gifts were added to them, such as sweets, nuts, and toys.

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