As 2019 is fast approaching, the Nigerian government has released an official calendar with all public holidays in Nigeria 2019.
Whether you’re a civil servant or a self-employed citizen in Nigeria, getting familiar with these public holidays in Nigeria will help you a lot in planning your moves for 2019.
Some public holidays in Nigeria (mostly Muslim holidays) are just stipulated dates as these various holidays are dependent on some factors like the appearance of the full moon and other factors which might not be known to other citizens who do not practice Islam.
In 2018, the incumbent Nigerian President – President Muhammudu Buhari changed the date of the “Democracy Day” holiday which is usually celebrated on the 29th of May to June 12th(which was formerly M.K.O Abiola day).
Apart from these rescheduling of some dates by the president, there has been no other major change to the public holidays we used to know as Nigerians.
There are 4 major Christian holidays in Nigeria which are Easter Monday, Good Friday, Boxing Day and Christmas Day holidays. Major Muslim holidays in Nigeria are Eid al-Adha, Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr and Eid el Kabir holidays.
In this post, we’ll be showing the popular public holidays in Nigeria 2019 in their respective groups (religious and national holiday), their dates and a little explanation of these holidays.
Christian Public Holidays In Nigeria 2019
Good Friday – This is a holiday celebrated by Christians in Nigeria and the world at large to remember the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is a holiday that is normally observed on the Friday before Easter and this holiday is to be observed by Christians all over the world on the 19th of April 2019.
Easter – Easter holidays are always celebrated for 2 days (Easter Sunday and Monday) after the Good Friday. This holiday is used to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his death on the Good Friday. In the 2019 calendar, the Easter holidays are to be celebrated on 21st and 22nd of April, 2019.
Christmas Day – The Christmas day Holiday is a very popular Christian holiday in Nigeria as it is celebrated by Christians around the world to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas holiday is always celebrated on the 25th of December every year in Nigeria and globally.
Boxing Day – A very often misinterpreted global holiday in Nigeria is the Boxing day. This holiday is usually celebrated after Christmas and is used to rest after the celebrations and also to unwrap Christmas gifts. The Boxing Day holiday in Nigeria for 2019 comes up on the 26th of December 2019.
Muslim Public Holidays In Nigeria 2019
Ramadan – This a holiday set aside for Muslim faithful all over the world to celebrate the beginning of their fasting period. In 2019, Ramadan will start on the 5th of May 2019 and end on the 4th of June 2019.
Eid al-Fitr – This is not just a holiday but a festival known as “Sallah” by most Nigerians. It begins immediately after the Ramadan fasting season and it is also celebrated with the killing of Rams.
The Eid al-Fitr festival in Nigeria 2019 is scheduled for Wednesday, 5th of June 2019.
Eid el Kabir – This is also a festival celebrated by Muslims all over the country and it is scheduled for Monday, August 12th 2019
National Public Holidays In Nigeria 2019
New Year Day – This is usually celebrated on the first day each year. Christians and Muslims all over the world thank God for ushering them into the new year. The New Year day in Nigeria 2019 is on the first of January 2019.
Democracy Day –
Democracy day in Nigeria is a day to celebrate the end of the military regime in Nigeria because the Nigerian people now operate on a democratic system of government.
The Democracy day in Nigeria was moved from May 29th to June 12th to celebrate an icon of democracy – M.K.O Abiola by President Muhammudu Buhari. The Democracy day in Nigeria for 2019 will be held on the 12th of June 2018.
It is also a day in which the central power exchanges hands if a general election was contested and the incumbent president of the country was defeated in that year.
Independence Day –
This a very special day in every country in the world (if these countries were colonised) that is set aside to celebrate the freedom from the colonial rule.
In Nigeria, the independence day is celebrated on the 1st of October of every year as it was the date in which the Nigerian people were set free from their colonial masters in 1960.
The Nigerian Independence day holiday for 2019 will be on the 1st of October 2019.
Worker’s Day – This is a day that is set aside in Nigeria for workers to take a day off work and rest or just have fun.
Complete List Of All Public Holidays In Nigeria 2019
- January 1st 2019 – New Year Day (Tuesday)
- April 19th 2019 – Good Friday (Friday)
- April 20th 2019 – Holy Saturday (Saturday)
- April 22nd 2019 – Easter Monday (Monday)
- May 1st 2019 – Workers’ Day (Wednesday)
- May 27th 2019 – Children’s Day (Monday)
- June 5th 2019 – Id el Fitr (Wednesday)
- June 12th 2019 – Democracy Day (Wednesday)
- August 12th 2019 – Id el Kabir (Monday)
- October 1st 2019 – Independence Day Celebrations (Tuesday)
- November 10th 2019 – Id el Maulud (Sunday)
- December 25th 2019 – Christmas Day (Wednesday)
- December 26th 2019 – Boxing Day (Thursday)
- December 31st 2019 – New Year’s Eve (Saturday)