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Gambia Declares Public Holidays For Assumption and Ashura

Source: The Point Newspaper (Banjul)
Posted: Friday, August 13, 2021

The President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, has declared 2 public holidays; on Monday, August 16, 2021, on account of the Assumption of Mary (Sang Marie), and on Thursday, August 19, 2021, on account of the upcoming Muslim feast of Yawmal Ashura (Tamharit).

Today's announcement ("His Excellency President Adama Barrow acting under Section 76 (1) of the Constitution (1997) of the Republic of The Gambia is pleased to declare Monday, 16th August and Thursday, 19th August 2021 as Public Holidays throughout The Gambia."), is not in line with the recent trend by Gambia's President, Adama Barrow, of extending the traditionally 1-day public holidays to 2 days (2021-05-11, 2020-07-29, 2020-05-22, 2019-06-03, 2018-12-24, 2017-06-22, 2018-08-20, 2016-09-09), though there have been recent exceptions (2021-07-16).

Once again (2020-08-26), incorrectly states that Yawmul Ashura corresponds to the Muslim New Year.

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