Every country around the globe has a special day set aside for Public or National Holidays. It is always regulated and moderated by the Government of that particular country.And yet some other times, the federal government (fg) declares a public holiday.
Same is applicable to Nigeria as public holidays are observed based on religious, national and other important events that are worth honouring and remembering. Below are the lists of public holiday days in Nigeria come 2019.
New Year Day 2019
This public holiday will be observed on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 as it has always been the norms across the Nation and from time immemorial that the first day of every year should be set aside to mark the start of a fresh year.
It is observed across the nation to mark the beginning of a new year. The Federal Government of Nigeria indulges all public and private sector workers to remain at home for the observance of this holiday.
Some group of people celebrates this holiday by feasting while others prefer to just observe it by remaining at home without engaging in any form of a feast.
Good Friday 2019
This celebration will hold on Friday the 19th of April, 2019. It is a celebration for the Christians but a public holiday for all, irrespective of your religion as a Nigerian.
It is usually celebrated Friday before Easter Sunday and it is believed by the Christians to signify the death of Jesus Christ.
The federal government declares a work-free day for local, state, and federal government civil servants including those in the private sector.
Easter Monday 2019
Since Easter falls to Sunday, the federal government of Nigeria gives the following day being Monday as a public holiday and it is commonly referred to as Easter Monday.
The 2019 Easter Monday will fall to Monday 22nd of April 2019. This celebration is also meant for the Christians but Nigeria with Islam and Christianity as a major religion the government declares the day a public holiday.
Everyone across the federation will partake in the holiday as it is recognized by the federal government of Nigeria to be a public holiday and a work-free day.
Workers Day 2019
This is a day set aside to celebrate and honour all workers across the country. It is going to be celebrated on Wednesday 1stof May, 2019 as it is the tradition of the country to set aside every first day of May to celebrate and appreciate workers across Nigeria.
It is also known as the Labour Day.
Children’s Day 2019
This day usually falls to May 27thof every year, it is going to be observed that same date by 2019 which will fall to Monday.
It is not a public holiday for everyone as all civil servants and other workers will go to work except those working in schools. It is a public holiday for children in both primary and secondary schools.
It is a festival and celebration for Muslims but a public holiday for all. The celebration commemorates the end of fasting, which is one of the five pillars of Islam and has remained sacred to Muslims from the time the Quran has been revealed to the Prophet Mohammad (or Muhammad).
On Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 it is going to be celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan which is known as the festival of fast-breaking. The celebration is subject to change as the celebration depends on moon sighting.
One of Nigeria’s most famous public holidays is Democracy Day. It used to be celebrated on May 29 from the year 2000 till 2018 to mark the democratic emergence of General Olusegun Obasanjo as President on May 29th, 1999.
Democracy Day would be celebrated on June 12th starting from 2019 as announced by President Muhammadu Buhari in June 2018.
The changes are to commemorate the annulled free and fair general election of MKO Abiola on June 12th, 1993 by General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.
Id el Kabir 2019
It is expected that the public holiday for this celebration should fall to Monday, August 12th, 2019, but is subject to change because the date depends on lunar sightings and the date changes according to individual countries.
This feast is referred to by Muslims as the feast of sacrifice, it is also one of the most significant feasts in the Islamic calendar. The feast is usually observed on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.
Though this celebration is meant for the Muslim faithful, it is expected that every citizen irrespective of their religion partake in the public holiday by avoiding all official duties.
Independence Day 2019
This national holiday is going to be observed by all citizens of Nigeria on October 1st of 2019. It is always observed on the 1st of October of every year.
The Independence Day celebration is observed to mark independence from British Colonial rule on October 1st, 1960.
Sambisa Memorial Day 2019
This holiday is observed only in the Nigerian Northern State of Borno because it is a regional and not a national holiday. It is going to be observed on December 22nd, 2019.
December 22nd is a day set aside to remember those who lost their lives as a result of Boko Haram insurgents in that region.
Christmas Day 2019
This is a National holiday declared by the Federal Government of Nigeria to be observed by all citizens of Nigeria, though, it is a feast meant for the Christians.
The day of Christmas is meant to be celebrated on 25th December of every year and it will remain unchanged in 2019.
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Boxing Day 2019
Boxing Day is a day set aside to be celebrated a day after Christmas which is always 26th December of every year in several countries and Nigeria is no exception to that.
It is a celebration observed by Christians as part of Christmas Holiday and other religion faithful also participate in the holiday by remaining at home.
Boxing Day is going to be observed on Thursday 26th December 2019.