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Public holiday in Nigeria 2019: Happy Holidays

This page contains a national calendar of the public holiday in Nigeria 2019. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

It is a new year and everybody is happy!  It’s time to look forward and start making plans for the 12 months ahead, taking into account all the days you’re guaranteed to have off from work.

There are about 12 public holidays in Nigeria 2019.

Knowing when they are in advance can be useful for vacations. So, wherever you are in Nigeria, here are some of the dates you’ve got to look forward to for the year ahead. Although some holidays are observed on the same date annually.

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It is interesting to know that Holidays that fall on a weekend, are most times rescheduled to the next business days.

List of Public holiday in Nigeria 2019

New Year’s Day (January 1, 2019)

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Nigerians, just like many other countries across the globe, celebrate the New Year on the 1st January. This is a holiday for countries using the Gregorian calendar. January 1st is a huge holiday in Nigeria.

Good Friday: (Friday, 19 April 2019)

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Many Christians around the world observe Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion, and death, which is told in the Christian Bible. It is the day after Maundy Thursday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Good Friday dates change from year to year. But what does not change is the fact that it comes before Easter Sunday, that doesn’t change.

Easter Monday (Monday, 22 April 2019): A lot of people celebrate Easter by colouring eggs and baking. Nigerian Christians have different Easter traditions. Local people go to church, pray and spend time with their families.

Easter holiday

Easter Monday is observed as a public holiday in many countries and is part of the Easter period. It is a Christian observance and is the day after Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday which is one of the most festive events among Christians worldwide. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death, as written in the Christian bible.

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Workers day in Nigeria (Wednesday, 1 May 2019): Another public holiday in Nigeria 2019. May Day, or Labor Day, is a public holiday in many countries worldwide. It usually occurs around May 1, but the date varies across countries. It is associated with the start of spring as well as the celebration of workers.

Over 140 nations celebrate it to highlight the importance and accomplishments of the labor movement.

Children Day (Mon, 27 May 2019): Celebration for children. Primary and Secondary schools students have this day off school. Children’s Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Democracy Day (Wednesday 12 Jun 2019): Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has announced June 12 as the new date  Democracy Day will be celebrated in Nigeria. Buhari declared in a tweet on his official handle and why June 12 will replace May 29. He noted that June 12 is a more symbolic day.

This is the historical day when Nigeria returned to its democratic values and government in 1999. It took the country 33 years to restore democracy. Since 1966, there were mainly military forms of government in the country.

Eid al-Fitr (Wed, 5 Jun 2019): Eid-al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr, Eid ul-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr, Eid) is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer.

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Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

People can celebrate this holiday for 2-5 days after its official ‘calendar day.’ They visit families, spend time together, relax, and greet each other with the phrase ‘Eid Mubarak.’

Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) Sunday, 1 Sep 2019: This is also public holiday in Nigeria 2019. The Islamic New Year is on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the lunar Islamic calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar.

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It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

In 2019 it falls on a Sunday. Due to this, some businesses may choose to follow Sunday opening hours.

Independence Day (October 1, 2018):

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Every child knows this date. The 1st of October is the day of freedom for Nigeria. The country announced its independence from Great Britain in 1960 on October 1. This is a National holiday celebrated all across Nigeria.

Eid-el-Maulud The Holy Prophet’s Birthday (Sunday, 10 Nov 2019):  Sunni Muslims observe the Prophet Muhammed’s (also known as Mohammed or Muhammad) birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’ al-awwal, while Shi’a Muslims mark it on the 17th of this month. Muhammed is believed to be the last prophet.

In 2019 it falls on a Sunday. Due to this, some businesses may choose to follow Sunday opening hours.

Christmas (December 25, 2018): Christians from all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. Among the public holiday in Nigeria 2019, this public holiday is long-awaited and loved by millions of Nigerians.

Of course, December 25th is the public holiday when all employees are at home with their families. It’s the day to exchange gifts, have dinner together, and relax.

Boxing Day (December 26, 2018): This day is often a part of the Christmas holiday season. It is believed that the name ‘boxing’ appeared because many people were throwing away too many empty boxes after unboxing their Christmas gifts.

Nigerians, by the way, often call the Boxing Day the Day of Goodwill. You can see that the list of public holidays 2019 in Nigeria has many great days-off for each citizen.

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