Public Holidays in Nigeria 2021 and Significance

Are you looking for national public holidays in Nigeria 2020? If yes, you are in the right place. In this article, I will be looking at all the public holidays in Nigeria 2020, as well as, explaining why Nigerians observed these public holidays.

First and foremost, let us look at the dates, and the names of the public holidays, as well as the days of these public holidays observed in Nigeria.

It is really exciting when you get to have a day off work or school just to relax or do the things you are not chanced to do. Nigeria is a country where people thrive on hard work and don’t have the time to relax.

The saying”All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” has an atom of truth to it. 365 days makes a year and within the year there are important days set aside to mark important events which must be duly observed by the public.

What are Public Holidays?

Public holidays are days set aside to be observed by the public as a work free day. It can be a national day or a day to celebrate a religious event or a day to celebrate professionalism, etc.

There are many workaholics that don’t know when to stop and rest and they end up working seven days a week. Public holidays can give them the free time to focus on something else apart from work.

There are many people who look forward to the public holidays as they get to meet up with loved ones and have fun or simply stay at home and just feel liberated.

Sometimes public holidays can be declared due to emergencies like in terms of insecurity, health hazards, political mayhem, etc. These holidays might be classified as impromtu, as they’re unplanned and just declared at the spur of the moment.

Public holidays like Good Friday, Easter, Id el Fitri, Id el Kabir and Eid-el-Maulud differs yearly as the date changes and that is why it is important to update your calendar.

It is important to know that public holidays are very significant and should be observed. It is not just work free days but days set aside to mark important events. There are three types of holiday which includes public holiday, observance and local holiday.

Every year have days which are marked as public holiday and this year 2020 is no exemption. It might have started rough because of the lassa fever outbreak and Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic but the notable dates are still in check and this article will bring them to your notice.

I did not include Jan 1st because as of writing this article it is already the 3rd month and I decided that it is better to start with public holidays that have not yet be observed in Nigeria.

It is good to be informed of this important days which are declared as public holidays so as not to be caught unaware and you get to put things you intend to do on those said days.

Public Holidays in Nigeria 2021

The following are the days set aside as public holidays in Nigeria

1. April 10th – Good Friday

This day happens to be on Friday and it is a significant day for Christians all over the world and not just in Nigeria. It is a day to remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

2. April 13th – Easter Monday

This day is also important in christendom as it is observed as a public holiday after Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

3. May 1st – Workers’ Day/ Labour Day

The Workers’ day which happens to be Friday is a very important day for workers worldwide to be rewarded for their hard work by having a work free day.

4. May 24th – Id el Fitri

This day marks the end of Ramadan, when all Muslim faithfuls fasting comes to an end and it is on Sunday.

5. May 25th – Id el Fitri Additional Holiday

All Muslim faithfuls celebrate this day worldwide as an additional holiday for the end of Ramadan. It is also regarded as a general public holiday.

6. May 27th – Children’s Day

This is a fixed day to celebrate children worldwide and it happens to be on Wednesday. Lot of activities takes place on this day so that children can have fun with no inhibitions.

7. June 12th – Democracy Day

Democracy day which was formerly on May 29th was shifted to June 12th to mark the day Nigeria shifted from military rule to civilian rule in the year 1999. It is a very important day in Nigeria history and as such it is celebrated every year. It is a day where Nigerians get to be audible about their grievances on the problems of the country and a call for positive change and progress.

8. July 31st – Id el Kabir

This day is significant to all Muslim faithfuls as a feast of sacrifice and it is on Friday. This day is also celebrated worldwide and observed as a public holiday by all .

9. August 1st – Id el Kabir Additional Holiday

This day is an additional holiday for all Muslim faithfuls in the continuation of the feast of sacrifice and this day happens to be on Saturday.

10. October 1st – National Day / Independence Day

This day marks the day Nigeria gained independence and it is always celebrated. It is a very significant day in Nigeria history and a wake up call for developmental improvement in the country. It is on Thursday and all Nigerians both worldwide and nationwide observe this day for its significance.

11. October 29th – Eid-El-Maulud

Muslim faithfuls worldwide observe this day as a public holiday to celebrate the birth of their prophet Mohammed. It is a day for merriment and it happens to be on Thursday.

12. December 25th – Christmas Day

This is a worldwide public holiday as it is a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is observed by all and it is a fixed day noted by all. It is a very important day and it happens to be on Friday. I noticed that almost all the public holidays this year fall on Friday.

13. December 26th – Boxing Day

This day is a day for giving of gifts to family and friends. It follows after Christmas and it is always celebrated. This year’s boxing day happens to be on Saturday and it is celebrated both nationwide and worldwide.


Everybody looks forward to a public holiday as it gives them freedom from work, school or any activities that exclude rest and relaxation. It creates the needed chance to do the things you want to do but couldn’t do because of work.

Public holidays is still the most favored days in the year. For instance, a day in this country, that supposed to be observed as a public holiday falls on a weekend, the public holiday will continue the following working day, which is Monday.

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