Public holiday in Nigeria (2019)

Public holiday in Nigeria (2019)

The most amazing thing about the holidays is that you get to rest and spend some precious time with yourself or loved ones. Also, you get a day to cool off from whatever job you are doing which is highly important. Likewise, children love holidays and for obvious reason, they get to stay and play at home. It may be just a day or two days but whatever, it is still better than nothing. Nigeria has three different types of holidays namely;

  • General public holidays
  • Local\seasonal holidays
  • Observance day

However, in this post, we are going to see the public holidays only with a little description of them.

  • January 1st (Tuesday) – New Year

This is a holiday given to the public to mark the first day of the New Year.

  • April 19 (Friday) – Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian holiday to honor the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at the cavalry.

  • April 22 (Monday) – Easter Monday

Easter Monday is a day after Easter Sunday and it is observed by Christians all around the world.

  • May 1 (Wednesday) – Workers’ Day in Nigeria

Also known as Labor Day, Workers day is a day where all the working class and laborers are celebrated.

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  • June 5-6 (Wednesday and Thursday) – Eid al-Fitr

Eid el Fitr is a very important day for the Muslim faithful. It is usually celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan.

  • June 12 (Wednesday) – Democracy Day

This is a national public holiday held only in Nigeria to mark the handling of power to the civilian government. At first, it was held annually on May 29 until it was changed on June 6, 2018.

  • August 12-13 (Monday and Tuesday) – Eid el Kabir

Eid el kabr is the second Islamic holiday celebrated by all Muslims all across the world and it is holiest among the two. In addition, It is celebrated to honor the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to the command of God.

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  • October 1 (Tuesday) – National Day or Independence Day

October 1 marks the day Nigeria proclaimed herself as an independent country.

  • November 10 (Sunday) – Id el Maulud

This holiday is given to mark the birthday of the Muslim prophet ie Prophet Muhammed(may peace be upon him)

  • December 25 (Wednesday) – Christmas Day

This holiday is given to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • December 26 (Thursday) – Boxing Day

A public holiday that is given to celebrate the first day after Christmas.


Author: BF

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