Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia will observe Eid-ul Adha prayer, locally known as Tobaski, Friday 30 July, the Gambian Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) announced here Thursday.
This festival is celebrated throughout the Muslim world as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice everything for God.
Eid- ul-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and final month on the Islamic calendar.
In the Gambia, President Adama Adama Barrow has declared Friday, 31 July, and Saturday, 1 August, 2020, as public holidays throughout the cuntry, in observance of the Muslim feast of Eid-ul-Adha.
“On behalf of the Government and the First Family, President Barrow wishes the entire Muslim Ummah to celebrate the Eid with caution and bear in mind that the Coronavirus is real and exists in The Gambia,” he said in a statement receieved by PANA here Thursday.
President Barrow seized the opportunity to remind the public to properly use face masks, maintain regular hand washing and social distancing in the fight against the virus.
He also urged parents and guardians to keep their children at home and stay safe.
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