The Gambia Public Holidays 2018


 
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The Gambia bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the second half 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.    Mon New Year's Day
Feb.    Sun Independence Day (National Day)
        Mon Independence Day Holiday
Mar.    Fri Good Friday
Apr.    Mon Easter Monday
        Thu Public Holiday (Municipal Elections)
        Fri Public Holiday (Municipal Elections)
May     Tue May Day
        Sat Public Holiday (Mayoral and Chairpersons Elections)
        Fri African Liberation Day
June    Mon Lialat-Ul-Qadr
        Fri Koriteh / Eid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
        Sat Koriteh Holiday
July 22 Sun Revolution Day (July 22nd Anniversary)
Aug. 15 Wed Assumption Day (Sang Marie)
     21 Tue Tobaski / Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
     22 Wed Tobaski / Eid Al Adha Holiday
Sep. 11 Tue Tamharrat Banks
     20 Thu Yawmul Ashura (Tamxarit)
Nov. 20 Tue Mawlud Nabi / Gamo (Prophet's Birthday)
Dec. 25 Tue Christmas Day
     26 Wed Christmas Holiday
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

20 Aug 2018 Gambia 2018 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 "Tuesday, 21st August, and Wednesday 22nd August, 2018".  22 May 2018 Gambian Public Holiday May 25 (Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) The Office of the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has announced that Friday, May 25, 2018, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Gambia "in observance of the Africa Day, formerly known as African Liberation Day".  10 May 2018 Gambian Public Holiday May 12 (Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) The Office of the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has announced that Saturday, May 12, 2018, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Gambia "to enable eligible voters to cast their ballots in the Mayoral Elections".  27 Apr 2018 Gambian Public Holiday May 1st (Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) The Office of the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has announced that Tuesday, May 1, 2018, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Gambia "in observance of Workers’ Day".  10 Apr 2018 Gambian Public Holidays April 12-13 (Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) The Office of the President of the Gambia has announced that Gambian President, Adama Barrow, has declared Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13, 2018, as non-working public holidays throughout the Republic of The Gambia, on account of the upcoming general elections.  28 Mar 2018 Gambian Easter 2018 Public Holidays (Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) The Office of the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has declared Friday, March 30, and Monday, April 2, 2018, as non-working public holidays throughout the Republic of The Gambia, on account of the upcoming Good Friday and Easter Monday.  16 Feb 2018 Gambian Public Holidays February 18-19 (Office of the President of the Gambia-Banjul) The Office of the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has declared Monday, February 19, 2018, as a non-working public holiday throughout Gambia "to mark the 53rd Independence anniversary celebration of The Gambia, which falls on Sunday, 18 February 2018".  22 Dec 2017 Gambia 2017-2018 Public Holidays Extended (The Statehouse of the Republic of The Gambia-Banjul) The Office of the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has announced that he had declared December 25, December 26 and January 1, 2018, as non-working public holidays throughout the Gambia, "in honour of Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ, son of Holy Mary and the New Year".  30 Nov 2017 Gambia 2017 Maulud Nabi Public Holiday Announced (The Statehouse of the Republic of The Gambia-Banjul) The Office of the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has announced that he had declared Friday, December 1, 2017, as a public holiday throughout the Gambia in honour of "Maulud Nabi", locally called "Gamo" to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad.  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.  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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