Qariq’an Tradition

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Qariq’an Tradition

Who doesn’t know the Qariq’an which is a traditional celebration in Saudi Arabia? The kids wear the Saudi traditional clothes after Ishaa’ prayer and wander their neighborhoods carrying pots and drums, then they knock on the doors of the neighbors singing: “Knock knock Qariqan, how short is Ramadan! Give us and may Allah give you and take you to Makkah, then take you back to your families”. They ask the neighbors about the name of their eldest child. When they’re told the name, they start singing for him. For this occasion, all families prepare some candies and nuts to fill the pots of the knocking kids who then leave delightfully to the next house. As years passed, some details were altered and the pots were replaced by colorful bags that are easier for the kids to carry. Moreover, mothers started making more kinds of candies to fill the kids’ bags. Now that the cities have become much bigger, families have started booking some places to gather the kids and celebrate Qariq’an together.
 Nobody knows why exactly the occasion was named Qariq’an: some say that it’s because of the kids knocking on the doors, while others say it’s the knocking on the pots or knocking two smooth rocks against each other. However, everybody agrees that it’s named after the noises the kids make, regardless of the tools. Goody is very delighted to introduce such traditional occasions to all of you so that you are acquainted with our precious traditions and customs.  
 

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