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