Kuwait celebrates ‘Girgean’ after 2-year halt over corona

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… an old tradition celebrated in Ramadhan

KUWAIT CITY, April 12: The celebration of “Girgean”, where people give children candy and nuts in mid-Ramadhan month is back after two years of halting due to the coronavirus. Girgean is an old tradition celebrated in Kuwait and all Gulf countries in Ramadan, however, each country celebrates the festival differently. In Kuwait, children wear traditional colorful clothing, walking in groups in their area’s streets and knocking on doors to sing some traditional songs and receive candy. The boys’ songs are different from what the girls sing for the occasion. In this context, Kuwaiti folklore researcher Adel Al-Sadoun told KUNA that in old Kuwait, mothers used to sew special bags for boys, that can be hanged on the neck and tied around the chest to put the candy in.

Children wear traditional costumes to celebrate the ‘Girgean’.

The girls used to wear the “bukhnag”, which is a black and gold head cover, along with a special bag to keep the candy. The boys would also wear the traditional Kuwaiti clothes “dishdasha” while collecting candy, and they would also carry drums and empty boxes to create some noise while they sing the Girgean songs, he noted. Al-Sadoun said that now a days, Girgean celebration has some exaggeration as people distribute luxurious chocolates and nuts in big parties for both children and adults. Some people also include perfumes and bukhoor “incense” in their Girgean for adults, he added.

On her part, housewife Hanaa Al-Wuhaib said that Girgean lost its simplicity these days, as families started planning huge parties with different ideas for presentation even before Ramadhan starts. People started exaggerating even in their clothing or the kind of expensive candy they give, as well as booking ballrooms for the celebration. (KUNA)

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