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The traditional ritual of Gargee’an in the month of Ramadan

Gargee’an, or qarqee’an, is the name of a popular ritual among Arabs in Iran’s Khouzestan and Hormozgan, and in Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, eastern Saudi Arabia (Ahsa and Qatif), and the United Arab Emirates.

At night on the 15th of Ramadan, coinciding with the birthday anniversary of Imam Hassan Mojtaba (PBUH) the second Shia Imam, boys wear thawbs and girls Arab chadors and gleefully set about popping in at the doorsteps of houses to collect gifts and Ramadan sweets.

The ritual also involves the recital of various songs by Muslim Arabs. What follows is a video report on the gargee’an ritual, published by YJC:

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