Gergaoon: marking the 15. night of Ramadan

We are coming up to a full moon and the half way point of the Holy Month with the most popular event for children of Ramadan in Bahrain and the Arabian Gulf Countries called ‘Gergaoon’.

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 08.58.35So what is it? Think ‘Trick or Treat’ Khaliji style! Children in colourful traditional costumes go from house to house with their bags and drums singing and chanting prayers and receiving sweets such as traditional arabic sweets (‘halwa’ or ‘baklava’), nuts, sun dried figs or dates in return. This night is all about celebrating heritage and another family gathering in the spirit of Ramadan.

The word ‘Gergaoon’ resembles the sound of ‘rattle’ or ‘click’ associated with the kids striking their drums asking for treats and stands for delicious sweets!