Public Holidays in Gambia

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Public holidays in Gambia list. Below are National public holidays in Gambia .

Public holidays in Gambia
Public holidays in Gambia

These are Gambia public holidays, national days observed nationwide in Gambia as declared by the Federal government or the supreme authority of the country.

Comprehensive list of public holidays celebrated in Gambia with dates (which may varies) and concise information on the origin or cause and meaning of holidays.


The Gambia is a West African country on Africa’s west coast, bordered by Senegal and with a narrow Atlantic coastline. It is well-known for the diverse ecosystems that surround the central Gambia River.

Every year, the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, also known as The Gambia or Gambia, observes 15 national holidays.

The President of The Gambia has the sole authority to declare recurring and one-time national holidays.

The majority of Gambia’s holidays are based on religious beliefs. Many of these holidays are observed according to a lunar cycle, and their dates may vary from year to year. The Gambia government requires all employers to recognize these holidays, regardless of the day they fall on each year.

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Muslim holidays based on the lunar cycle are determined by the Saudi Arabian Umm al-Qura calendar. Previously, the end of Ramadan and the Feast of Sacrifice holidays were both extended by one or two days. When additional holidays are granted during the year, the President will issue a national decree.

Senegal (with whom it forms the Confederation of Senegambia) borders it on the north, east, and south, and the Atlantic Ocean borders it on the west. Banjul, the capital city of The Gambia, is located on the Atlantic coast.

Public Holiday

A public holiday, national holiday, or better still legal holiday, is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

Sovereign nations and territories like Gambia observe holidays based on events of significance to their history, such as the National Day.

The public holidays are generally days of celebration or commemoration, like the anniversary of a significant historical event, or can be a religious celebration.

Public holidays can fall on a specific day of the year, be tied to a certain day of the week in a certain month or follow other calendar systems like the Lunar calendar, Islamic calendar and others.

Gambia Public Holidays

In the Gambia , a federal holiday is a calendar date that is recognized and designated by the federal government of the Gambia as a holiday.

Every year on a Gambia public holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, stock market trading may usually be suspended, and every federal government employee is paid for the holiday as well.

Institutions, such as banks, businesses, and schools may be closed on public holidays. In various parts of the country, state and city holidays may be observed concurrently with federal public holidays.

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Below are the list of upcoming official Gambia public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays, regional public holidays, non-working national holidays and probably sectorial holidays.

Holidays in Gambia

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

Feb 18: Independence Day

Apr 02: Good Friday

Apr 05: Easter Monday

May 01: May Day

May 12: Koriteh Holiday

May 13: Koriteh

May 25: Africa Liberation Day

Jul 20: Tobaski Holiday

Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast in the Muslim calendar. It celebrates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael in submission to Allah’s command, before he was stopped by Allah.

Tobaski Holiday

Jul 21: Tobaski

Aug 15: Assumption Day

Aug 16: Assumption Day (in lieu)

Aug 19: Yawmul Ashura

Oct 19: Milad Un Nabi

Dec 25: Christmas Day

*Meanwhile, if a non-working public holiday in Gambia happens during the weekend, then the Monday after would be non-working.

Gambia public holidays listed above

We hope that this list of public holidays in Gambia gives you an idea of which work-free days there is, being a citizen of Gambia or a visitor or probably checking to know which date is which.