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Magal de Touba
Senegal

Magal de Touba 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Senegal

Magal de Touba is a public holiday in Senegal. It falls on the eighteenth day of the Islamic month of Safar, and its date therefore varies from year to year on the Gregorian Calendar.

YearDateDayHoliday
202125 SepSatMagal de Touba
202214 SepWedMagal de Touba
20233 SepSunMagal de Touba
202422 AugThuMagal de Touba
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Magal de Touba is a day of a great religious pilgrimage to the city of Touba where a grand celebration, sometimes involving millions of people, takes place. The event is in commemoration of the exile of Sufi religious leader Ahmadou Bamba from Senegal to neighbouring Gabon.

The French colonial authorities feared Bamba might use his great and growing popularity to start an uprising against them. But this never happened, and Bamba never said he desired to start a revolt. Bamba was in exile for 12 years, and his religious movement only grew larger during this period.

Today, Bamba’s followers visit the large mosque in Touba in which Bamba is buried to remember his exile and his teachings and to pay their respects to him.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20205 OctMonMagal de Touba
201917 OctThuMagal de Touba
201828 OctSunMagal de Touba
29 OctMonMagal de Touba Holiday
20178 NovWedMagal de Touba