Monday 2 April, 2018
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This is a Christian holiday and is a public bank holiday when
all government offices are closed. It is celebrated the day following
Easter Sunday. Like in other parts of the world the Gambia's Catholic
community would attend mass.
Customs include egg rolling competitions and, splashing people
with water which traditionally had been blessed with holy water
the day before at Easter Sunday Mass and carried home to bless
the house and food. The custom of dowsing people with water is
an ancient spring rite of cleansing, purification, and fertility.
Easter is on a different date each year according to the Northern
Vernal Equinox, and the phases of the moon.
Note: No guarantees are given as to the accuracy of the dates