I am enjoying the Magal, because it means that the religious chanting which is practically constant on normal days is even moreso now. I fell asleep last night to religious chanting. It's a beautiful thing.
The Grand Magal is important for the Mouride sect of Islam, which is most of Senegal's Muslim population. If you've heard of the Mourides before though, it probably has nothing to do with religion. They are also rather famous (especially with the New York police) for counterfitting. This makes Touba, which is entirely run by the Mourides (separately from the rest of Senegal), a very busy economic center.
Other interesting things about Touba:
- Within the city limits, women must cover their hair, wear skirts down to their ankles and wear shirts with long sleeves.
- There are no hotels in Touba, because they are considered dens of iniquity.
- There is one restaurant in Touba. They must make tons of money.
- The Mosque at Touba is one of the few mosques in Senegal that non-Muslims can enter.