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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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Saturday July 9, 2022Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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Friday July 22, 2022Revolution DayNational Day
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Saturday July 30, 2022El am Hejir New Year (may be changed to the nearest day)Banks only
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Sunday August 7, 2022AshuraMuslim, Sufi
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Monday August 8, 2022AshuraBanks only
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Monday August 15, 2022AssumptionCatholic
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Monday September 12, 2022Summer holiday (end)School holidays
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Saturday October 8, 2022Mawlud Nabi ("Gamo")Muslim, Sufi
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Monday October 24, 2022Deepavali/Dipabalicards/flowers
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Monday November 7, 2022Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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Friday December 16, 2022Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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Monday December 26, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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Tuesday December 27, 2022Public holidaySecular holiday
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Monday January 2, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Monday January 2, 2023Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)

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Saturday July 9, 2022
Muslim, Sufi : Also written Id al'Adha (or Eid Al-Adha) is the Feast of the Sacrifice , the second main celebration of Islam. It takes place on the tenth day of the twelfth -- last month of the Islamic calendar and celebrates Abraham's (also written Ibrahim) willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, or the Hajj , to Makkah (Mecca) in Saudi Arabia. The Prophet Muhammad called Eid Al-Adha the best day of the year, since it is the last and biggest day of the annual pilgrimage.

Revolution Day

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Friday July 22, 2022
Secular holiday : Anniversary of the coup that brought President Jammeh to power on the 22nd July 1994 paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

El am Hejir New Year (may be changed to the nearest day)

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Saturday July 30, 2022
Banks only :

Ashura

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Sunday August 7, 2022
Muslim, Sufi :

Ashura

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Monday August 8, 2022
Banks only : Martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, killed in the year 680 in Kerbala (Iraq) during his fight against injustice.

Assumption

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Monday August 15, 2022
Catholic : Dogma defined by the Catholic Church on November 1, 1950, when Pope Pius XII declared that at the end of her life, Mary's body and soul were assumed into Heaven.

Summer holiday (end)

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Monday September 12, 2022
School holidays :

Mawlud Nabi ("Gamo")

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Saturday October 8, 2022
Muslim, Sufi : Birthday of the Prophet, Mohammed. For nine days there are Parties with fairs, feasting, and parades. Stories are told about how the mountains danced when Mohammed was born, and sang, There is no god but Allah. The trees answered, And Mohammed is his Prophet. Then 7,000 angels brought a golden vase filled with heavenly dew, and his mother bathed the new baby in it. Many stories like these are told to Arab children on the Prophet's Birthday, the happiest day in the Moslem year.

Deepavali/Dipabali

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Monday October 24, 2022
cards/flowers : The Light festival starts with festivities. The week celebrates 1.Dhanteras, 2.Kali Chaudas, 3.Deepavali, 4.Navu-Varsha (new year), 5.Bhai-beej. The Vai cast is mainly concerned. May last several days. NOT a public holiday

Mid-term holiday (end)

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Monday November 7, 2022
School holidays :

Winter holiday (beginning)

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Friday December 16, 2022
School holidays :

Christmas Day

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Sunday December 25, 2022
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

Public holiday

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Monday December 26, 2022
Secular holiday :

Public holiday

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Tuesday December 27, 2022
Secular holiday :

New Year's Day

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Monday January 2, 2023
Secular holiday :

Winter holiday (end)

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Monday January 2, 2023
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Ministry of Education
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Schooling in Gambia is mandatory till age 14
schools close on Saturday
school uniforms required
Five regions follow specific calendars

Dates confirmed till Oct 2022 in Banjul (different dates apply in other regions)

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