16 Notable Public Holidays in Nigeria 2019 and Significance

Are you looking for national public holidays in Nigeria 2019? If yes, you are in the right place. In this article, I will be looking at all the public holidays in Nigeria 2019, 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.

Public Holidays in Nigeria 2019

Here is the 2019 calendar with public holidays in Nigeria.

12 Notable Public Holidays in Nigeria 2019 and Significance
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January 1:   /New  Year:   /Wednesday

February  22. /Polls:   /Friday

April 19:   /Good Friday:    /Friday

April  22:    /Easter Monday:   / Monday

May 1:    /Workers’ Day:    /Wednesday

May 27:    /Children’ Day:    /Monday

May 29:   / Democracy Day:   / Wednesday

June 5:    / Id el Fltr:    /Wednesday

June 6:   / ld el Fltr:    /Thursday

August 12:    /ld el Kabir:     /Monday

August 13:   / ld el Kabir:    /Tuesday

October 1:    /Independence Day:    /Tuesday

November 21:   / ld el Maulud:   / Wednesday

December 25:    /Christmas Day:    /Tuesday

December 26:    /Boxing Day:    /Wednesday

December 31:    /New Year Eve:    /Wednesday

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The significance of these public holidays in Nigeria 2019?

In this section, we will explain the significance of these Nigerian public holidays in 2019. I will begin from January Ist down to  December 2019.

1. January 1: New Year Day

It was about 45 BC, when both Emperor Julius Cesar from Rome and Sosigenes, who was as Alexandrian astronomer designed the Julian calendar, which was based on solar system.

The first day of that new year that was designed was actually celebrated as a new year, and as the January 1, which is the name of the Roman double-faced god of doors and gets “Janus’. Right from that moment this public holiday has been celebrated. In Nigeria, every January 1 is usually declared a public holiday.

2. Good Friday:

Good Friday is a day observed internationally as a public holiday. Those observed this public holiday are the adherents of a faith called, Christianity.

However, this public holiday is sometimes movable, since the date usually falls between the month of March and the month of April in every year.

Good Friday usually precedes the Easter weekend of every year. This is the day Christians believed that,  Jesus, the Christ was arrested and tortured and crucified. In Nigeria for instance, the day is observed as a public holiday.

3. Easter Monday:

This is another public holiday observed internationally cross the world by Christians. This public holiday is actually the day after the Easter Sunday, but the day is also movable between western and eastern Orthodox Christians.

However, since Nigeria leaning is towards the west, Nigeria has decided to align with the western liturgical date, and declared Easter Monday as public holiday.

4. International Workers’ Day:

This is another public holiday observed internationally. This public holiday is earmarked for the celebration of the international labour workers’ day.

The day was announced in 1889, by over 26 nations of the world, during the second international labour conference, a conglomerate of both the socialists and the labour party.

That is why in every May 1, it is declared the international labour day, and it is observed as a public holiday.

5. Defunct Democracy Day:

This is May 29 and used to be observed as a public holiday in Nigeria. This date, right from 1999, was indeed, a watershed in the history of Nigeria.

It was the day when civilian rule returned in Nigeria when that iron curtain of the 16 years military regime actually felt down and give rise to democracy in Nigeria. For 18 years, this day has been celebrated as democracy day, and declared a public holiday in the country.

6. Democracy Day (June 12):

It was in the year, 2018, when the President Muhammadu Buhari, announced the June 12, as a new adopted democracy day in Nigeria, and it was announced on June 6, that the day will be observed in Nigeria as a public holiday.

7. Independence Day:

It was in the early hour of October 1, 1960, when Nigeria gained independence, and a nation was born. It was the day that the British Jack Union flag was lowered, while the green-white-green flag went up hence, brought to an end the 46 years of Britain rule in Nigeria.

That is why, in every October 1, Nigeria is observing the public holiday as its independence day.

8. Christmas Day:

This day in Nigeria, it is considered a religious day, and also a cultural holiday. The public holiday is observed by both Christians and non-Christians across the world.

However, this day is adopted as the birthday of Jesus, the Christ, that is why, Nigeria joined other nations of the world to celebrate the day, and marked a public holiday.

9. Boxing Day:

This day is observed as a public holiday. It is the day that actually followed the Christmas day.

This holiday actually has a trace to the United Kingdom, which is usually celebrated by the British Commonwealth nations, and then, this celebration was finally adopted across the world and observed as a public holiday.


This is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims, and it is called, Id ul Fltr, this day is observed by Muslims as a public holiday worldwide.

It is usually at the end of their month of fasting, called, Ramadan, and the month is mostly heralded by the new moon, which Muslims marked as the beginning of their ninth month called Shawwal.


This is another religious festival observed by Muslims, a day they also declared as public holiday.

This day is marked by Muslims as a day to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim’s, which they translated as Abraham’s reading to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. In celebrating this day, Muslims will slaughter a ram in a festive manner of high pitch.


Muslims usually celebrate this day as their last festival every year in order to commemorate the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. S.A.W., whom they considered as the messenger of Allah.


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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