National & Public Holidays in Nigeria 2019 (Official List)

The 2019 calendar is out and shows all national public holiday dates in the country. As a civil servant or government worker, you would need information on these holiday dates to help you plan your schedule in future.

Since the Federal government can declare any date as a national holiday, its best you are always updated, so as not to loose guard of events in the country.

You should also note that most of these public holidays in Nigeria can be dynamic. This is noticeable during Islamic festivals where their public holiday dates are mostly determined by the constellation of the full moon.

There are four Christian holidays in the country which are: Easter Monday, Good Friday, Boxing Day and Christmas Day. There are also 4 Islamic holidays which include: Ramadan, Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr and Eid el Kabir.

While Democracy day normally takes place every 29th of May, although it was shifted to June 12. Nigeria’s Independence day still remains on October 1st of every year.

In this post, we explain popular public holidays in Nigeria and also list out the days and dates in which they fall under in the 2019 calender.

New Year’s Day

This falls on the first of January 2019 and is celebrated all over the world. This marks the begining of a new year immediately after the Christmas celebrations.

Good Friday

This is a christian holiday which is normally observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. Christians all over the world use this day to remember the suffering, passion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

According to the 2019 calender, the date for Good friday is April 19 and it is among the National holidays to be observed in most countries of the world.

Easter Season

This is another Christian celebration period which begins on Easter Sunday. Workers including Public servants and private staff will be granted Easter holiday break for the celebration of the ressurection of Jesus Christ.

According to the 2019 calender, the date for the easter public holiday is on April 22, 2019 which is on a Monday. Be aware that easter begins 21st of the same month which is on a Sunday.

Worker’s Day

Worker’s day usually occurs 1st May of every year and is also a national public holiday in Nigeria that gives workers just one free day to rest and celebrate themselves.

Children’s Day

Children’s day this 2019 will be celebrated on May 27 which falls on a Monday. It is an international holiday observed in major countries of the world to honour children globally.

Democracy Day

Democracy day in Nigeria has now been moved from May 29 to June 12. This national holiday was used to commemorate the official end to military rule in the country as we now operate a democracy in a civilian dispensation.

It is also the handover day, whereby power changes from one president to another.

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

Ramadan is a muslim celebration as obsevered by the Islamic faithful. This period is normally the begining of fasting for the muslims. Ramadan ends with the Eid al-Fitr festival.

In 2019, the Ramadan date will begin on Sunday, 5th of May and end on Tuesday, 4th of June. Eid al-Fitr falls on Wednesday, 5th of June 2019. These dates can change due to the constellations of the moon as to whe it would be cited by the Sultan.

Eid el Kabir

This is another Muslim festival celebrated on Monday, August 12th in 2019.

Independence Day

This day is celebrated worldwide but falls on different dates depending on the country you are.

In Nigeria for example, it is celebrated every October 1st as the country gained its independence from the hands of the British colonial masters on October 1, 1960. It is also a national public holiday.

Christmas Day

Christmas is a religious holiday celebrated globally. It was on this day, December 25 that the saviour of the world was born. Infact, both secular and religious organizations observe this holiday because of its wide acceptance and season. December 25th is a Nigerian public holiday also.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is takes place on 26th December. People normally unwrap Christmas gifts on this day and rest at home for the celebrations of the x-mas season.

Below are dates for 2019 National Public Holidays in Nigeria

DateWeekdayHoliday nameHoliday type
Jan 1TuesdayNew Year’s DayPublic Holiday
Mar 8FridayWomen’s DayObservance
Mar 20SundayMarch equinoxSeason
Apr 19FridayGood FridayPublic Holiday
Apr 20SaturdayHoly SaturdayObservance, Christian
Apr 21SundayEaster DayObservance, Christian
Apr 22MondayEaster MondayPublic Holiday
May 1WednesdayWorkers’ DayPublic Holiday
May 27MondayChildren’s DayObservance
May 29SundayHandover Day
Jun 12WednesdayDemocracy DayPublic Holiday
Jun 20MondayJune SolsticeSeason
Jun 5WednesdayId el FitrPublic Holiday
Jul 8FridayId el Fitr additional holidayPublic Holiday
Aug 12MondayId el KabirPublic Holiday
Sep 14WednesdayId el Kabir additional holidayPublic Holiday
Sep 22ThursdaySeptember equinoxSeason
Oct 1TuesdayIndependence DayPublic Holiday
Oct 3MondayAl-Hijra (Islamic New Year)Local holiday
Dec 12MondayId el MauludPublic Holiday
Dec 21WednesdayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 22SundaySambisa Memorial DayPublic Holiday
Dec 25WednesdayChristmas DayPublic Holiday
Dec 26ThursdayBoxing DayPublic Holiday
Dec 31SaturdayNew Year’s EveObservance


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