Source:Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal (Dakar)
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017
Most recent follow-up news item: September 21, 2021
The spokesperson for the cellule de communication du comité d’organisation for the upcoming 2017 Grand Magal de Touba, Mor Daga Sylla, has announced that the date of the 2017 Grand Magal de Touba annual public holiday of Sénégal would be either November 7 or 8, 2017.
The aforementioned announcement that the date of the 2017 Grand Magal de Touba annual public holiday of Sénégal would be either November 7 or 8, 2017, contradicts the recent announcement (2017-09-21) made at the preparatory meeting of the Comité Régional De Développement for the upcoming 2017 Grand Magal de Touba, when the spokesperson, Serigne Bassirou Abdou Khadre Mbacké, announced that the date of the 2017 Grand Magal de Touba annual public holiday of Sénégal would be "sometime between November 10 and 13, 2017" (at that time we had remarked that our forecast for the date of the 2017 Grand Magal de Touba annual public holiday of Sénégal was Tuesday, November 7, 2017).
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). The Magal de Touba was once again declared a one-off public holiday in Senegal (2012-11-02 and 2012-12-07) in 2013, when, 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 2 years ago (2016-11-01 and 2015-11-13).
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Senegal 2017 Magal Public Holiday Date Change" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.