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Sénégal Promises Magal Public Holiday

Source: Dakar Online (Dakar)
Posted: Saturday, January 22, 2011
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade, has announced that he would consult with the Prime Minister, Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye, on the best way to draft a law to finally make the Magal de Touba an annual public holiday in Sénégal.

The Magal de Touba is a uniquely Senegalese Muslim festival that occurs about 20 days before the official annual public holiday of the Prophet's Birthday. Currently, the entire country comes to a virtual standstill (2007-03-09) on that occasion (which starts the day before), but it is neither an official, nor a paid public holiday.

President Wade had already made a similar promise a year ago (2009-11-26) and nothing came of it until this weekend's visit by the President to Touba, where he once again made a promise to have the Magal de Touba declared a public holiday.

The next Magal de Touba occurs tomorrow, on Sunday, January 23, 2011.

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