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Koriteh
Gambia

Koriteh 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Gambia

Koriteh is celebrated in The Gambia with much religious fervour and general merriment. This celebration is also known as Eid al-Fitr here and in many other parts of the world.

YearDateDayHoliday
202113 MayThuKoriteh
14 MayFriKoriteh Holiday
20222 MayMonKoriteh
3 MayTueKoriteh Holiday
202321 AprFriKoriteh
22 AprSatKoriteh Holiday
202410 AprWedKoriteh
11 AprThuKoriteh Holiday
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The national holiday comes on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, immediately following the holy month of Ramadan and month-long period of fasting, prayer and devotion. It is one of the most important of all Muslim commemorations.

In The Gambia, Koriteh is an official holiday. It is one of the most celebrated days of the year for Muslims in The Gambia and worldwide. This festivity is also known as Eid Al-Fitr.

Every Muslim is supposed to fast from dawn till dusk during Ramadan, the eighth month of the Islamic year. But when the first day of the ninth month, Shawwal, arrives, all fasting is forbidden.

The main events of Koriteh include morning prayers, mosque attendance, giving alms to the needy, making the rounds to the houses of friends and relatives, and enjoying large, festive meals at home. Many children in The Gambia go door to door during Koriteh to ask for a small gift of money or sweets, which is called “Salibo”. Many go to special events during the whole day and night, with no greater purpose than simply having a good time.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202024 MaySunKoriteh
25 MayMonKoriteh Holiday
20194 JunTueKoriteh
201815 JunFriKoriteh
201725 JunSunKoriteh