The Gambia declares Tuesday as public holiday for Eidhul Adha

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President Adama Barrow has declared Tuesday July 20th 2021 as a public holiday for this year’s Tobaski, the Eidhul Adha festival.

A statement from State House said: “His Excellency President Adama Barrow, acting under section 76 (1) of the Constitution (1997), is pleased to declare Tuesday 20th July 2021, a public holiday throughout The Gambia, in observance of the Muslim Feast of Eid-ul-Adha.

“On behalf of the government and the First Family, President Barrow wishes all Muslims in the Gambia and worldwide a blessed Eid. He prays for peace and tranquillity in the country and the world over and asks that people continue to wear face masks to protect themselves and family members from the Coronavirus.”

Eid al-Adha is an Islamic religious holiday on the 12th of Dhu al-Hijjah, the final month in the lunar calendar. The holiday began as a way to celebrate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God’s command. Eid al-Adha is celebrated worldwide as a time for Muslims to sacrifice for Allah and share with their family and neighbors.