Pakistan Mango Festival enjoyed in Qatar

Qatar hosted an annual festival celebrating Pakistani mango on July 21, 2016. It was attended by thousands of people and brought the community together.

Pakistan mango festival

“The festival is to promote Pakistani culture, fruits, vegetables and tastes.”

Sohni Dharti, a non-profit organisation in Qatar, held their seventh festival celebrating Pakistan’s mangoes.

Over 3,000 people attended the event in Al Khor and 8.5 tonnes of mangoes were reportedly sold in the first hour and a half of the festival.

There were a great variety available for visitors but the most popular types were the Chanusa and Anwar Rataul.

Other fruits were also on display, including plums, melons and vegetables from the Swat district and other northern areas of Pakistan.

Sohni Dhart Chairman, Rana Anwar Ali, said: “This is the seventh annual mango festival we have organised. The festival is to promote Pakistani culture, fruits, vegetables and tastes.”

Notable Pakistani embassy officials were in attendance. These included Commercial Attache Arbab Qaisar, Community Welfare Attache Hafiz Junaid Amir Sial, and Defence Attache Commodore Muhammad Irfan Taj.

Pakistani cuisine was also a big part of the 2016 festival, as food stalls were set up by Pakistani families living in Doha along with famous restaurants ZAOQ and Shezan.

Aloo Naan, Chapli Kabaab and Gol Gappay were just some of the dishes families provided to tantalise the taste buds of the thousands of attendees.

Besides food, the festival also featured Pakistani dress, mehndi, henna, and traditional jewellery stalls.

Mangoes aren’t the only fruit Sohni Dharti celebrate; earlier this year, the non-profit also organised a mandarin festival.

It was similarly attended by large crowds and promoted the many varieties of the fruit such as the Kinnow.

Mandarins, grown in the province of Punjab, India, are exported around the world.

Sohni Dharti aims to promote cultural, social and sports activities for the Pakistani residents of the Al Khor community.

It also aids the development of the youth and contribute to the general welfare and development of the region.

These are commendable endeavours and so far the organisation seems to be achieving their goals.

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Images courtesy of Sohni Dharti, AKC Facebook

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