Tobaski Feast Day in
Tobaski Day - Sacrificial Feast
public holiday is also known as
Tabaski or Eid Al Adha when families throughout the
Gambia ritually slaughter mostly sheep in ritual sacrifice. The
occasion of Tabaski is in commemoration of Abrahams willingness to sacrifice his
own son, Ismail, in the name of Allah. It coincides with the end of
the annual Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca.
Every married man or
head of household is expected to buy a sheep or other suitable animal
such as a cow, goat or even chicken if they can. When sacrificing the
animal a sharp knife should be used and Allah's name is spoken. After
the animal is slaughtered large portions of the meat should be given
to the needy so that nobody misses out on the celebrations to follow.
The rest of the meat is given as gifts to friends and relatives and
the rest is reserved for the family. Indeed, the idea of sharing
(about 2/3 of the animal) is the essence of feast.
follows is essentially one nationwide massive barbecue and
celebrations throughout the day. Gambians should wear their finest
clothes and if possible brand new. You are also expected to do a
thorough spring clean throughout your compound. You are expected at
sometime during the day to visit your parents, other
On Tobaski day one will often see Gambian kids asking for pocket
from family and neighbours which they use to buy ice cream and other
goodies. At this time Kairaba Avenue is jam packed full of kids
crowding round anywhere that sells ice cream or cakes. They are also
allowed out late by many parents as long as they are accompanied by an
Note: No guarantees are given as to the accuracy of the dates above.