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Gambia : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Dalasi (GMD)
  • Internet domain: .gm - Telephone code: +220 - International dialing code: 00
    From Feb 1st, 2013, Friday is also a non-working day for civil servants.
    GMT offset: 0 (no DST)
  • Weekend: Saturday & Sunday
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)Secular holiday
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    Wednesday January 4, 2023Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Saturday February 18, 2023Independence DayNational Day
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    Wednesday February 22, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday February 26, 2023Trade FairTradeshows
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    Monday February 27, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Tuesday April 4, 2023Easter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday April 18, 2023Shab-e-Qadr (Quran revelation)Muslim, Sufi
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    Tuesday April 18, 2023Easter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday April 21, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Saturday April 22, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Saturday May 13, 2023Municipal electionsSecular holiday
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    Sunday May 14, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Thursday May 25, 2023Africa DaySecular holiday
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    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)

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    Monday January 2, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    Winter holiday (end)

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    Wednesday January 4, 2023
    School holidays : Www.edugambia.gm
    Ministry of Education
    https://mis.edu.gm
    Schooling in Gambia is mandatory till age 14
    schools close on Saturday
    school uniforms required
    Five regions follow specific calendars

    We carry confirmed dates till Oct 2023 in Banjul (different dates apply in the 5 other regions)

    Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
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    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Independence Day

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    Saturday February 18, 2023
    Secular holiday : Independence from the UK in 1965. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday February 22, 2023
    School holidays :

    Trade Fair

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    Sunday February 26, 2023
    Tradeshows : Lasts 10 days - in Banjuls 2023 edition confirmed

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday February 27, 2023
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    Easter holiday (beginning)

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    Tuesday April 4, 2023
    School holidays :

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
    Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

    Shab-e-Qadr (Quran revelation)

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    Tuesday April 18, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi :

    Easter holiday (end)

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    Tuesday April 18, 2023
    School holidays :

    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Friday April 21, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Also called korité

    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Eid al-Fitr literally means the Festival of Breaking the Fast .

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Municipal elections

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    Saturday May 13, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    Mothers' Day

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    Sunday May 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914

    Africa Day

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    Thursday May 25, 2023
    Secular holiday : From 2009 When the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was created in May of 1963, the founding delegates proclaimed May 25, 1963 African Liberation Day (ALD), as the successor commemoration day of Africa Freedom Day.