Yawmal Ashura: Gambia declares Monday Public Holiday

by Akeem Alao

The Gambian President, Adama Barrow, has declared Monday August 8, 2022, as a public holiday to celebrate Islamic New Year, Yawmal Ashura.

This was disclosed in a statement on Friday August 5, 2022.

According to the statement, the declaration is in accordance to the country’s constitution.

“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, 8th August 2022, a Public Holiday throughout The Gambia, in observance of the Muslim feast of Yawmal Ashura (Tamharit), which marks the first month of the Islamic calendar on Sunday, 7th August 2022,” the statement reads.

“The President wishes to take this opportunity to extend best wishes to all Muslims who are celebrating this important holiday,” it adds.

The president, therefore, urges all Gambians to continue to adhere to the principles of tolerance and peaceful co-existence.

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