The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began on May 27, is likely to come to an end at sundown on Saturday, June 24, or Sunday, June 25 (depending on the moon). During this time, operations in Gambia will come to a virtual standstill as Muslims gather to pray and celebrate with family and friends. While practices vary by area, Eid al-Fitr celebrations are likely to have an impact on many businesses and services that will close, or significantly reduce their hours of operation, beginning on Saturday or Sunday evening. Disruptions could continue into the coming days. As this period is typically marked by increased travel, heavy road traffic after sundown along with other transportation disruptions (crowded airports, etc.) should be anticipated.
Eid al-Fitr celebrates the conclusion of 30 days of sunrise-to-sunset fasting and remains one of the most important dates on the Muslim calendar. In general, there is a significant increase in terrorist attacks during the month of Ramadan, meaning there is a possibility of attacks during Eid al-Fitr celebrations.
Individuals in Gambia are advised to allow for additional travel time, remain vigilant, and avoid large public gatherings.