List of all Holidays & Observances in Nigeria 2019


Don’t we all just love it when we take some time out to rest from the everyday hustle and bustle of trying to keep body and soul together? Public holidays in Nigeria are just about the same anywhere else in the world. They are great periods of rest, unwinding and even meeting with long lost friends and family members.

Public holidays are legal holidays put in place by law in which citizens are to stay off work or any regular, everyday activities in order to commemorate, celebrate anniversaries, celebrate festivals or even mark regard an important person in the one’s country, depending on their past feat and achievement and how they did their country proud.

Most holidays fall on specific days of the year. Some holidays are however tied to certain days of the week or certain months. In this post, we highlight the list of all public and non-public holidays in Nigeria as well as their dates, and the day they fall in.

List of all Holidays in Nigeria 2019

Date Name Type
1 Jan Tuesday New Year’s Day Public Holiday
21 Jan Monday President Buhari’s Re-Election Campaign Holiday Local holiday
22 Feb Friday Election Day Public Holiday
8 Mar Friday Women’s Day Observance
20 Mar Wednesday March Equinox Season
31 Mar Sunday Mothering Sunday Observance
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
29 May Wednesday Presidential Inauguration Holiday Public Holiday
4 Jun Tuesday Id el Fitr Public Holiday
5 Jun Wednesday Id el Fitr holiday Public Holiday
12 Jun Wednesday Democracy Day Public Holiday
16 Jun Sunday Father’s Day Observance
21 Jun Friday June Solstice Season
12 Aug Monday Id el Kabir Public Holiday
13 Aug Tuesday Id el Kabir 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
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