DOHA: Shops selling Garangao treats including nuts, dried fruits, chocolates and candies yesterday witnessed brisk sales ahead of Garangao night tomorrow.
“We always look forward to this season as we normally see a spike in sales three days before Garangao,” said Ali, a storekeeper of a shop in Souq Waqif, told this daily.
With its dozens of shops that sell sweets, nuts and spices; Souq Waqif has been a popular destination to residents and locals in search for the most variety of these products.
Following the recent crackdown on these shops by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning to ensure food safety, the shops have started to comply with the health and safety standards imposed by the Ministry.
The dried fruits and nuts on display were all covered in plastic and properly labeled with their production and expiry dates. The Garangao gift packs were all clearly marked with the names of the food items inside them and the production and expiry dates as well.
The gift packs contain a variety of treats mostly nuts such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, chickpeas, hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts and squash and sunflower seeds, which are either roasted, salted or seasoned. The packs also contain dried fruits such as bananas, apricots, figs and kiwis as well as chocolates and candies. The food items were separately places in packets.
The gift packs come in five and ten kilos and priced between QR60 to QR220 depending on the types and the number of items contained in the packs.
Although there were many buyers yesterday night, Ali said, he was expecting more takers tomorrow, the day before Garangao. Garangao is one of the traditional events celebrated across the GCC, which falls every 14th day of Ramadan, during which children move around the neighbourhood while singing special Garangao songs and collecting sweets and nuts.
Some companies, however, organise Garangao festivities ahead of the actual date so they buy the items in huge quantities ahead.