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.
|14 May||Fri||Koriteh Holiday|
|3 May||Tue||Koriteh Holiday|
|22 Apr||Sat||Koriteh Holiday|
|11 Apr||Thu||Koriteh Holiday|
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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.
|25 May||Mon||Koriteh Holiday|