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It is a national public holiday marked with patriotic parades, cultural events, and speeches reaffirming Gambian sovereignty. The day is seen as an important commemoration of the Gambia’s self-determination and a chance to reflect on national identity.
Families and friends often come together to enjoy traditional Gambian cuisine, adding a culinary dimension to the celebrations. Popular dishes such as domoda, benechin, and yassa are prepared and shared during gatherings, fostering a sense of communal joy and connection.