Festivals and Public Holidays in Mali

It’s always nice to combine few sightseeing places with some cultural events while travelling. Mali as a few number of interesting festivals and national holidays are always a reason to party so you might want to join and celebrate.

Festivals in Mali

Dogon Countries Mask Cerimonies
April to May

Bozo Fishing Celebrations

Marionette Festival in Diarabougou

Markala Fulani Cattle Crossing
December to January

Bamako Biennal Sport and Cultural Event
September in even years

Essakane Festival in the Desert

Festival Andéramboukane
(Mali – Niger border)

Festival Sur le Niger

Public Holidays in Mali in 2009

  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 20 January – Armed Forces’ Day
  • 9 March – Mawloud (Prophet’s Birthday)
  • 10 April – Easter Monday
  • 13 April – Day of Democracy
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 25 May – Africa Day
  • 22 September – Independence Day
  • 21 September – Korité (End of Ramadan)
  • 28 November – Tabaski (Feast of the Sacrifice)
  • 25 December – Christmas Day

~ by Joao Leitao on January 4, 2009.


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