Nigerians love public holidays, especially those Nigerians in the civil service. They know that public holiday almost always translates to an extra day from their working place.
Public holidays in Nigeria are of different forms. Some are declared by the government/ public sector, while some other ones are regional public holiday. In this write-up, you will be intimated on the public holidays outlined for this year, 2016.
- January 1: It is New Year day. It is the day set aside to commemorate the beginning of a new year. It is not only celebrated in Nigeria; it is a worldwide event and virtually all countries declare public holiday on this day. It usually extends to the second or third or January in Nigeria.
- March 4: It is another public holiday
- January 2: Continuation of New Year celebration.
- March 8: Commemoration of Women’s Day
- March 25: It is Good Friday. This is yet another international public holiday. It is celebrated globally, especially in countries where there are Christians. It may be termed a public holiday, but workers are not given free day from work on this day.
- March 28: Easter Monday fell on this date. Just like Good Friday, this day is commemorated globally and the Nigerian government give civil servants free day from work.
- May 1: Worker’s day is celebrated on this day
- May 2: Continuation of Workers’ day celebration
- May 3 to May 6: Series of public holidays were declared on these days.
- May 27: Children day was celebrated on this date.
- May 29: This day represents democracy day. It is the day Nigeria ended military rule and started civilian rule.
- May 30: Celebration of democracy day continued on this date.
- June 13: It is just another public holiday declared by the federal government
- July 5 to july 7: Eid-el-fitri Sallah break was declared all through this period. This is in commemoration of the day Muslims around the world round off their fasting. It is also a global celebration and public holiday is declared in all countries where Muslims have presence.
- August 22: It was just another public holiday.
- September 12 to September 13: Public holidays were declared on these days to celebrate Id el Kabir.
- September 27 and September 26: The federal government declared other public holidays on these days.
- October 1: This is the day Nigeria became independent from the colonial masters and public holiday is declared to celebrate the day.
- October 3: Public holiday was declared on this day to celebrate the Hijri New Year
- October 20: It is yet another public holiday.
- December 25: Public holiday was declared on this day to celebrate Christmas Day.
- December 26: Public holiday was declared on this day to celebrate Boxing Day.
- December 27: Christmas day celebration usually extends to this day.
It must be noted however that not all the public holidays mentioned below are observed; that is, the government does not give workers free day on all the public holidays.