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Bank and Public Holidays for The Gambia

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The Gambia bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 5 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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The Gambia Public Holidays in 2018 Observance*
Jan.  1 Mon New Year's Day
Feb. 18 Sun Independence Day (National Day)
Mar. 30 Fri Good Friday
Apr.  2 Mon Easter Monday
May   1 Tue May Day
     25 Fri African Liberation Day
June    Mon Lialat-Ul-Qadr
        Fri Koriteh / Eid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
        Sat Koriteh Holiday
July    Sun Revolution Day (July 22nd Anniversary)
Aug.    Wed Assumption Day (Sang Marie)
        Tue Tobaski / Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Sep.    Tue Tamharrat Banks
        Thu Yawmul Ashura (Tamxarit)
Nov.    Tue Mawlud Nabi / Gamo (Prophet's Birthday)
Dec.    Tue Christmas Day
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

25 Jul 2017 Gambia 2017 Eid al-Adha Public Holiday Announced (The Point Newspaper-Banjul) The government of the Gambia has announced that the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in the Gambia for the Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) would be Saturday, September 2, 2017.  22 Jun 2017 Gambia Extends 2017 Eid ul-Fitr Public Holidays (The Point Newspaper-Banjul) The President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has announced that the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in the Gambia for the Eid ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) would be extended from its previously-announced date of Monday, June 26, 2017, to last 2 days, including Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  16 Feb 2017 Gambian Public Holidays February 18 (Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) Gambia's president-elect, Adama Barrow, has declared Saturday, February 18, 2017, as a non-working public holiday throughout Gambia "in commemoration of his inauguration ceremony and our 52nd Independence Celebrations".  09 Sep 2016 Gambia Extends 2016 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays (The Point Newspaper-Banjul) The President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has announced that the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in the Gambia for the Tobaski (aka Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice) would be extended from its previously-announced date of September 12, 2016, to last 2 days, including Tuesday, September 13, 2016.  23 Mar 2016 Gambian Public Holidays March 25 and 28 (Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh, has declared Friday, March 25, 2016, and Monday, March 28, 2016, as non-working public holidays throughout the Gambia "in recognition of Good Friday and Easter Monday".  17 Feb 2016 Gambian Public Holiday February 18 (Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh, has declared Thursday, February 18, 2016, as a non-working public holiday throughout Gambia "in observance of the 51st Independence anniversary of The Islamic Republic of The Gambia".  21 Oct 2015 Gambia 2015 Tamharit Public Holiday Announced (The Point Newspaper-Banjul) The President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has announced that the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in the Gambia for the Tamharit (aka. Yawmul Ashura) would be Saturday, October 24, 2015, a date which has been declared a non-working public holiday throughout the Gambia.  19 Sep 2015 Gambia Extends 2015 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays (The Point Newspaper-Banjul) The President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has announced that the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in the Gambia for the Tobaski (aka Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice) would be extended from its previously-announced date of September 24, 2015, to last 4 days, until Sunday, September 27, 2015, inclusively.  17 Sep 2015 Gambia Eid al-Adha Public Holiday September 24 (The Point Newspaper-Banjul) The President of the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) has announced yesterday, that Thursday, September 24, 2015, would be the date of the upcoming Muslim feast of Eid Al Adha, better known in the Gambia as Tobaski, and corresponding annual non-working public holiday in the Gambia.  27 Sep 2014 Gambia Eid al-Adha Public Holiday October 4 (The Point Newspaper-Banjul) The President of the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) has announced yesterday, that Saturday, October 4, 2014, would be the date of the upcoming Muslim feast of Eid Al Adha, better known in the Gambia as Tobaski, and corresponding annual non-working public holiday in the Gambia.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the The Gambia public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: Official public holidays in the Gambia were regulated by the Labour Act of 1990. However, since the 1994 coup, and the subsequent 1997 Constitution, the President, holds the executive powers under Section 76 sub-section 1, to declare all public holidays in the Gambia. Current President Jammeh, has made it a habit to declare one-off public holidays.  Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) and Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan) have, in the past, been celebrated for more than 1 day each (eg. in 2006), however there are no extra days that are officially allocated, on a yearly basis, as public holidays.  Assumption Day, or Sang Marie, as it is called locally, became a public holiday in 1958 but was then dropped in 1976. President Yahya Jammeh restored it shortly after coming to power, in July 1994.  Tamharit (also known as Tamxarit): Contrary to the information found in many sources, this is not the Islamic New Year (in the Gambia at least). The Central Bank of the Gambia does, however observe a holiday that it calls Tamharrat on the first day of the Islamic New Year.  The Gambia International Codes GM and GMB (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .gm (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of The Gambia information and news: Central Bank of The Gambia (The Gambia central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (The Gambia maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in The Gambia), and Wikipedia (includes The Gambia commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in The Gambia, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in The Gambia that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for The Gambia were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42°N, longitude, 39.82°E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules).


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2018 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for The Gambia, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of The Gambia, before planning any trip to The Gambia. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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