Girgian

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    Salam

    How many of you live in countries that celebrate Girgian on the 13th, 14th, and 15th nights of Ramadan?

    Kuwait does, and it is so much fun to see the kids come all dressed up to my door!
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    walaikum salam

    im hearing this the 1st time, i dont thnk its celebrate in Pakistan or Canada
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    Yup same here in Qatar. Have no idea why this thing exists, perhaps just for fun.
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    What is Girgian? How is it celebrated? Never heard of it.

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    Salaam i've never heard of it too I think its just a Kuwaiti thing that they do.

    KUWAIT: Girgian is a traditional occasion that is celebrated in Kuwait and other Gulf countries on the 13th, 14th and 15th day of the month of Ramadan. Girgian is a traditional word that means "mixture of different things," as mixed sweets and candy are always present on this occasion, which is much looked forward to by children every year.

    In the past, mothers used to sew fabric bags for their children so that
    they could collect sweets in them as they go from home to home, singing
    traditional songs. Mothers would also buy candy and nuts for this special occasion. However, Girgian these days has became a different affair for several reasons.

    Employee at Kuwait University (KU), Haneen Al-Balool, said that the
    occasion was affected by the development of the Kuwaiti society and the
    increase of income, which led families to compete in finding new ways to
    present candy to children.

    The expansion of neighborhoods made parents insecure over leaving their
    children alone in the streets to get Girgian, so young girls and boys are now accompanied by maids and sometimes go by car from street to street instead of walking as children used to do in the past, she added.

    Meanwhile, Maatouq Al-Maatouq, an employee at a bank, said that people love creativity and making something special, which is something that has affected Girgian. Children no longer go in groups from house to house, but have "Girgian parties" instead, he pointed out. - KUNA



    http://www.kuwaittimes.net/read_news.php?newsid=NjI3MzU4MTEy
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    Hearing this for the first time. Reminds me of Halloween, except for the costume part.
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    yep! it reminds me of halloween too except for scary costumes
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    This is how female kids look on Girgian.​

    [​IMG]
    and these are the stuff they collect^^
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    Heeehee

    Kids get chocolate bars at my house! :-D
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    :p Heehee

    Keeping them from throwing the WRAPPERS on the floor is the hard part! LOL!
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    In UAE we do it on 15th of Shabaan (not in Ramadan like Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain). As kids, it was lots of fun. We used to spend all day walking around town in groups (herds more like it) singing and knock on every door. You are bringing floods of memories to me. Dubai was small back then. We do NOT call it Girgian, We call it "Haq Al lailah" which translates to "for the sake of this holy night"

    Beside Kuwait, Qatar and UAE, Bahraini kids also do the same. I am not sure about Oman and Eastern Saudi Arabia, If it is important I'll be happy to ask around and find out.

    Nothing has to do with religion though.
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    i never saw it in Saudi Arabia
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    Wish I could be a Kuwaiti kid :D

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