Have you ever traveled on a long distance journey to catch up with an important appointment, only to discover that the day in question was a public holiday? A lot of folks in Nigeria have lost lots of redeemable lives, time and money on the above stated example, largely because they lack the necessary information about the Nigerian official public holidays.
This lack of awareness may be as a result of the dynamic nature of public holidays in Nigeria, as new dates are regularly added to the already existing public holidays. Hence, proceeding from the above observation, this article seeks to list all the major public holidays in Nigeria this 2019, so you can know how to better organize your schedules for the year. But before we proceed, there is one important question we need to answer first.
What Is Public Holiday ?
According to Wikipedia, A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. Nigeria, just like every other Sovereign nation of the world observe public holidays based on events of significance to our history, as in 1st October 1960, when Nigeria became an independent state. For most Nigerians, nothing could be more fun than the thought of a public holiday. This is so because on these days, people usually don’t go to work, so the spend more time with their family and loved ones.
Public Holidays In Nigeria 2019
Below is the updated list of Nigerian public holidays in Nigeria starting from 1st January to 31 December 2019:
|DATE||WEEKDAY||HOLIDAY NAME||HOLIDAY TYPE|
|1 Jan||Tuesday||New Year’s Day||Public Holiday|
|21 Jan||Monday||President Buhari’s Re-election Holiday||Local Holiday|
|22 Feb||Friday||Election Day||Public Holiday|
|8 Mar||Friday||Women’s Day||Observance|
|20 Mar||Wednesday||March Equinox||Season|
|19 Apr||Friday||Good Friday||Public Holiday|
|20 Apr||Saturday||Holy Saturday||Observance, Christian|
|21 Apr||Sunday||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|22 Apr||Monday||Easter Monday||Public Holiday|
|25 Apr||Thursday||Presidential Visit||Local holiday|
|1 May||Wednesday||Workers Day||Public Holiday|
|27 May||Monday||Children’s Day||Observance|
|5 Jun||Wednesday||Id El Fitr||Public Holiday|
|6 Jun||Thursday||Id EL Fitr Additional Holiday||Public Holiday|
|12 Jun||Wednesday||Democracy Day||Public Holiday|
|21 Jun||Friday||June Solstice||Season|
|12 Aug||Monday||Id El Karbia||Public Holiday|
|13 Aug||Tuesday||Id El Karbia Additional Holiday||Public Holiday|
|1 Sep||Sunday||Al Hijra( Islamic New Year)||Local holiday|
|23 Sep||Monday||September Equinox||Season|
|1 Oct||Tuesday||National Day||Public Holiday|
|10 Nov||Sunday||Id El Maulud||Public Holiday|
|22 Dec||Sunday||December Solstice||Season|
|22 Dec||Sunday||Sambisa Memorial Day||Local holiday|
|24 Dec||Tuesday||Christmas Eve||Observance, Christian|
|25 Dec||Wednesday||Christmas Day||Public Holiday|
|26 Dec||Thursday||Boxing Day||Public Holiday|
|31 Dec||Tuesday||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
So that is it guys. Now that you have known the Public Holidays In Nigeria 2019, tell us how you are going to enjoy these special holidays with your loved ones, using the comment section down below.
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