Our cases of good fortune

May 15 - 21, 2019

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Gulf Weekly Our cases of good fortune

Graphic designer Nujood Al Mahmood has once again created a series of cool carriers featuring cartoon characters on multi-shaped cases full of goodies to help celebrate one of Bahrain’s most cherished dates on the calendar.

Children from across the kingdom are all set to sparkle and shine in sequined jalabiyas and cotton white thobes on Sunday and Monday as part of the Gergaoun candy-gathering tradition.

Gergaoun, usually celebrated on either the 13th, 14th or 15th of the Islamic calendar month of Ramadan, and traditionally the smart youngsters visit homes in the neighbourhood receive sweet treats.

The demand for her goodies continues to soar and this year her tins have taken the shape of old TV sets, yellow school buses and money boxes.

“The boxes have brought joy to thousands of children over the years so I wanted to do something a little different this time,” said Nujood, 28, from Muharraq. “Old is gold, so I thought of designing the new collection in the shapes of old TVs and buses to make it more memorable and fun. That way the new generation will know what their parents experienced during their childhood.

 “I designed the TV because it reminds me of the 1980s and 1990s when we used to watch Ramadan shows together and, as for the bus, children would hop on and sing songs on their way to gatherings.

“The money bank idea hopefully teaches children to be charitable and give as well as to count their blessings during the holy month.

“It’s always exciting to see children’s reactions to the new designs. I wish everyone a happy Ramadan and Gergaoun!”

Nujood’s cool carriers, full of nuts, candies, chocolates and crisps, often feature her distinctive cartoon characters of smiling children on them.

The TV boxes are being picked up for BD2 each full of treats and the container on its own costs BD1.800 from her sister Nahla Al Mahmood’s chocolate, flower, wedding and events planning boutique, LalaBella located in Moda Mall and in Qalali. The bus is priced BD1.900 with treats and BD1.700 without. The money bank costs BD2 with items inside, and BD1.800 without.

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