Monday, March 26, 2012

Halal Qatar Festival

Halal Qatar Festival is here!

It's that time of the year that we should be enjoying the Qatar Marine Festival. For some unknown official reason, the Qatar Marine Festival 2011 was the last festival. Sad, I know. However, Katara lined up series of "cultural-related" festivals.  We sure hope it will be as fantastic as the marine festival.

So, off we went today to Katara to experience the first ever Halal Qatar Festival. It is a very unique event related to breeding of sheeps and goats. And boy did we find lots of types of sheep and goats. The Turknoys enjoyed viewing them all from their temporary homes.

Baa Baa Baa Baa! Maa Maa Maa Maa!

There are also displays of crafts and product from wool. Unique, educational and fun.

The Halal Qatar Festival runs from 22 - 31 March 2012 at Katara Cultura Village. Enjoy!

Here are our photo blog. We didn't even know that there are lots of types of sheep and goats. Awesome, right?
Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?

brown sheep or goat?

free sheep service for kids! 

white sheep! 
off white sheep


billy goats gruff!

inspecting the sheep!

and the sheep inspecting back! 
more black sheep!

these are really way too cute!

baa or maa? we don't know

just look at those ears! LOOONNGG!

white billy goats (or so we think!)

more sheep!

cuddling time! 
brave kids, managed to touch the sheep 

breast feeding time!

ohh grass!

different type of sheep!

they will NOT  be happy being a shepherd!

our unwilling shepherdess!

touching processed wool!

touching dry goat skin! 

in Turkish, this is called TULUM, this is actually cheese or labneh processing at work.
Goat skin with milk! 

goat skin being dried!


at the festival, they demonstrate how to make yarn out of wool ! 

they also have market - halal mutton anyone?

we think this one is being aunctioned!

the good old American transportation used in transporting these farm animals!

not really part of the festival and the Turks love these type of cars!

We did enjoy the Halal Qatar Festival. Although NONE of the labels for goat and sheep names are in English. All are written in Arabic. We really didn't get to teach the kids what type these animals are (heck, we don't even know it ourselves!) but it was still pure fun.

There are movies to watch also in big screens. We are just not sure whether there are activities for kids other than watching the animals. We went there one fine afternoon with a little threat of rain, hence we were anxious to leave.

It is really worth to visit!

Keep exploring!


  1. I really enjoyed reading about this and those sheep / goats are adorable (your photo captions are funny too!).
    Thank you so much for sharing this with me at - I'm really looking forward to seeing what you get up to this month and how you blend your Pinay and Turkish cultures.


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