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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 January 1, 2022New Year's DaySecular holiday
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Wednesday January 5, 2022Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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Monday February 14, 2022Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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Wednesday February 16, 2022Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Friday February 18, 2022Independence DayNational Day
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Monday February 21, 2022Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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Monday March 21, 2022Trade FairTradeshows
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Friday April 8, 2022Easter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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Friday April 15, 2022Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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Monday April 18, 2022Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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Friday April 22, 2022Parliamentary electionSpecial Events
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Tuesday April 26, 2022Easter holiday (end)School holidays
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Thursday April 28, 2022Shab-e-Qadr (Quran revelation)Muslim, Sufi
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Sunday May 1, 2022Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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Monday May 2, 2022End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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Tuesday May 3, 2022End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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Sunday May 8, 2022Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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Wednesday May 25, 2022Africa DaySecular holiday
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Thursday June 2, 2022Kanilai International FestivalEvents, celebrations...
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Saturday June 18, 2022Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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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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New Year's Day

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Saturday January 1, 2022
Secular holiday :

Winter holiday (end)

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Wednesday January 5, 2022
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

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

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Valentine's Day

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Monday February 14, 2022
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

Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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Wednesday February 16, 2022
School holidays :

Independence Day

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Friday February 18, 2022
Secular holiday : Independence from the UK in 1965. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

Mid-term holiday (end)

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Monday February 21, 2022
School holidays :

Trade Fair

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Monday March 21, 2022
Tradeshows : Lasts 10 days - in Banjuls 2022 edition confirmed

Easter holiday (beginning)

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Friday April 8, 2022
School holidays :

Good Friday

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Friday April 15, 2022
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 18, 2022
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.

Parliamentary election

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Friday April 22, 2022
Special Events :

Easter holiday (end)

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Tuesday April 26, 2022
School holidays :

Shab-e-Qadr (Quran revelation)

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Thursday April 28, 2022
Muslim, Sufi :

Labor Day/May Day

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Sunday May 1, 2022
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 .

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

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Monday May 2, 2022
Muslim, Sufi : Also called korité

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

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Tuesday May 3, 2022
Muslim, Sufi : Eid al-Fitr literally means the Festival of Breaking the Fast .

Mothers' Day

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Sunday May 8, 2022
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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Wednesday May 25, 2022
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.

Kanilai International Festival

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Thursday June 2, 2022
Culture : Lasts 2 weeks 2022 edition not confirmed

Summer holiday (beginning)

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Saturday June 18, 2022
School holidays :

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
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