Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal (Dakar)
The National Moon-Sighting Commission of Sénégal (Commission nationale d'observation du croissant lunaire - CNOCL), led by Imam Ratib Serigne Mamoune Bousso, has announced that the upcoming Grand Magal de Touba annual non-working public holiday would be on Saturday, November 19, 2016, contrary to earlier reports that had it on Friday, November 18, 2016.
After years of hesitation (09-Mar-2007, 26-Nov-2009, 22-Jan-2011, and 26-Oct-2011), the Magal de Touba was declared a one-off public holiday in Senegal for the first time in 2012, albeit after a lot of last-minute delays (15-Nov-2011, 17-Dec-2011, and 11-Jan-2012). After similar delays, for 2013, the Magal de Touba was once again declared a one-off public holiday in Senegal (02-Nov-2012 and 07-Dec-2012).
Then, after the following elections (07-Dec-2012), the Senegalese Cabinet of Ministers approved a decree declaring Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, the date of the first Magal de Touba of 2013, as a non-working public holiday throughout Sénégal ("déclaré férié, chômé et payé, la journée célébrant le Grand Magal de Touba édition 2013").
A year later (29-Oct-2013), the Prime Minister of Senegal, Aminata Touré, and her government finally drafted legislation declaring the Magal de Touba as an annual non-working public holiday in Senegal. This culminated (01-Dec-2013 and 26-Nov-2013) with Senegal's parliament unanimously approving the bill ("Projet de loi n°10/2013 complétant et modifiant certaines dispositions de la loi n° 74-52 du 04 novembre 1974 relative à la fête nationale et aux fêtes légales, modifiée") which made the Magal de Touba a new official annual non-working public holiday in Senegal, beginning last year (13-Nov-2015).
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• 2012-01-11: Senegal Magal Public Holiday Tomorrow
• 2011-12-17: Senegal Magal Public Holiday Confirmed
• 2011-11-15: Senegal 2012 Public Holiday For Magal de Touba
• 2011-10-26: Sénégal Magal Public Holiday Back In The Limelight
• 2011-01-22: Sénégal Promises Magal Public Holiday
• 2009-11-26: Senegal Considering Magal de Touba Public Holiday
• 2007-03-09: Senegal Shut Down For Magal De Touba Unofficial Holiday