Public Holidays in Gambia
Gambia, a small West African nation, observes several public holidays throughout the year, blending religious, cultural, and historical significance. Some of the prominent public holidays in Gambia include:
- New Year's Day (January 1st): Like many countries, Gambia welcomes the new year with festivities and celebrations.
- Independence Day (February 18th): Commemorating its independence from British colonial rule, Independence Day is a significant national holiday in Gambia, marked with parades, cultural events, and ceremonies.
- Eid al-Fitr: This Islamic holiday marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. It varies each year based on the Islamic lunar calendar.
- Eid al-Adha: Also known as Tabaski, this holiday honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. It is another important Islamic festival.
- Maulud Nabi: Celebrated in honor of the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, this holiday is marked with prayers, processions, and feasting.
- Labor Day (May 1st): Gambia, like many countries, recognizes and celebrates the contributions of its workforce on Labor Day.
- Africa Liberation Day (May 25th): This day commemorates the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union (AU), and celebrates African unity and liberation.
- Gambian Muslim Congress Day (October 9th): This holiday honors the founding of the Gambian Muslim Congress (GMC) and is celebrated with various events and gatherings.
- Christmas Day (December 25th): Although a predominantly Muslim country, Christmas is celebrated by the Christian minority in Gambia with religious services and festivities.
- Boxing Day (December 26th): Following Christmas, Boxing Day is a public holiday observed with various events, including sporting activities and community gatherings.
These public holidays in Gambia reflect the nation's rich cultural diversity and historical significance, providing opportunities for both celebration and reflection.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Independence Day||February 18||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Monday||April 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Lailat al-Qadr||April 05||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr / Korité||April 10||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Africa Day||May 25||Saturday||Public Holiday|