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Senegal 2019 Magal Public Holiday On October 17

Source: Site Officiel du Gouvernement du Sénégal (Dakar)
Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: September 21, 2021

The Senegalese commission d’observation du croissant lunaire de Touba has announced that the first day of the month of Safar would be tomorrow and, therefore, that the 2019 Magal de Touba would take place on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Contrary to what happened last year (2018-10-25 and 2018-10-10), we do not expect the aforementioned date of Thursday, October 17, 2019, for the Magal de Touba public holiday of the Sénégal, to be extended to a second day.

After years of hesitation and delays (2011-11-15, 2011-12-17, 2012-01-11, 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.

It 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 4 years ago (2018-10-25, 2018-10-10, 2017-10-22, 2017-10-13, 2017-09-21, 2016-11-01 and 2015-11-13).

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