Halfway through Ramadan: Celebrations and Traditions Abound

Doha, Qatar: As Qatar marks the midway point of Ramadan, the nation's attractions have transformed into lively hubs of celebration, offering an array of activities to commemorate this sacred time.

From the renowned Cultural Village, Katara, to the vibrant Souq Waqif, the historic Old Doha Port, and the contemporary Msheireb Downtown Doha, every corner resonates with the essence of Ramadan, blending spirituality and cultural heritage.

A notable tradition during Ramadan is the firing of the Iftar cannon, a time-honored ritual symbolizing the end of the fast. This practice, deeply ingrained in Qatari and global Muslim culture, contributes to the atmosphere of reverence and anticipation.

Ramadan tents scattered across the country attract crowds, providing Iftar meals, religious programs, and awareness campaigns. Generous contributions from philanthropists ensure that these initiatives reach even those in worker accommodations, fostering a sense of community and solidarity.

These tents serve as gathering spaces for worshippers to share meals, participate in communal prayers, and engage in advocacy efforts. Particularly for individuals separated from their families, these venues offer a valuable opportunity for social interaction and community cohesion.

In industrial zones such as Street 23 and Street 38, two Iftar locations are anticipated to host a remarkable 72,000 fasting individuals throughout Ramadan.

Recently, the nation celebrated "Garangao," a cherished tradition marking Ramadan's midpoint, especially beloved by children. Various prominent locations, including Katara, Souq Waqif, and Msheireb Downtown Doha, saw throngs of youngsters partake in festivities, receiving sweets, nuts, and toys for their fasting efforts.

Looking forward, preparations for Eid ul Fitr, expected to fall on April 10, are underway locally and globally. Muslims worldwide eagerly await this joyous occasion, characterized by the Eid prayer, feasting, and gift exchanges with loved ones.

In Qatar, bustling malls like City Center Doha, Dar Al Salam, and The Mirqab Mall offer an array of Eid attire and gifts, enhancing the festive ambiance.

Excitement mounts with the announcement of Qatar's first LEGO show, featuring millions of bricks crafted into impressive models and scenes. Set to run from April 10 to 25 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), the event promises unforgettable experiences for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages.

Moreover, cultural events such as Toy Stories in Concert and The Lion King Live Concert offer enchanting experiences, enriching Qatar's Ramadan celebrations with music, storytelling, and captivating performances.