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Senegal Magal Public Holiday November 19

Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal (Dakar)
Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2019


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 (2007-03-09, 2009-11-26, 2011-01-22, and 2011-10-26), 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 (2011-11-15, 2011-12-17, and 2012-01-11). After similar delays, for 2013, the Magal de Touba was once again declared a one-off public holiday in Senegal (2012-11-02 and 2012-12-07).

Then, after the following elections (2012-12-07), 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 (2013-10-29), 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 (2013-12-01 and 2013-11-26) 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 (2015-11-13).



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