The Grand Magal, a pilgrimage of the Mouride brotherhood
Senegal: cattle transported for the Grand Magal
For the biggest pilgrimage of the Mouride brotherhood that takes place this Tuesday, October 6, no celebration without the distribution of beef dishes. Every year, tens of thousands of head of cattle come from Senegal and neighboring countries. This year the organizers and the faithful had to deal with the closure of the borders linked to Covid-19 and the coup d'état of August 18 in Mali.
Touba has its Magal, its great mosque, its innumerable followers and its Bérndé. This Wolof word, designates the festivities, the distribution of dishes to all the Mouride disciples who came to honor the founder of the brotherhood Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba.
For this purpose, some 150,000 head of cattle travel each year to Touba according to the organizers. Oxen come from all over the sub-region, especially from Mali and Mauritania. For all these ruminants, faithful and marabouts would spend 33 billion CFA francs, or 50 million euros according to Cheikh Abdou Lahad Mbacké, president of the communication commission of the Magal.
A financial windfall
According to the organizers of the Magal, thanks to the influence and interpersonal skills of the general khalife of the mourides, which has followers beyond the borders of Senegal, the transport of livestock was still able to take place without hindrance.
And for good reason, this pilgrimage is considered a very important economic manna in Senegal. The organizers speak of 250 billion CFA francs mobilized, or nearly 274 million euros.