Think you’ve not got enough time to travel? Here’s how to make the most of Nigerian public holidays to explore the country and the world.
We never seem to have enough holidays in Nigeria, especially in the ever bustling Lagos city. So, holidays are sacred and longed for. It may not feel like it but Nigerians enjoy almost twice as many holidays as other countries in the world because Nigeria recognizes all official Christian and Muslim holidays. In addition, we’ve got key political and historical dates to add to the list. These holidays are especially exciting because they are spread throughout the year and allow Nigerians breathe and relax.
To help your planning, we’ve compiled all the public holidays we are sure to have in Nigeria this year. These ones are more or less guaranteed. However, a few more usually pop up throughout the year. We have also shared some trips you can join or places you can visit to allow you use your public holidays to the fullest. Travel can be easy, travel can be fun. Alright, so let’s go!
Easter Holiday: Friday, March 30 — Monday, April 2, 2018 (4 Days).
This year, as usual, the big fish is Easter Holiday. During Easter, Christians celebrate the three-day event of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. This means that Friday the 30th of March will be Good Friday, Saturday the 31st of March will be the in-between day and Sunday the 1st of April will be Easter Sunday. So, Friday will be a public holiday extending through the weekend and then Monday will also be a public holiday to compensate for Easter Sunday falling on the weekend.
It is very rare to have 4 work-free days in a row but Easter always guarantees that this will happen. It is a good time to explore another country or take a two or three-night excursion to a new place in Nigeria. As students will be on second term holiday nationwide (including boarding students), this is a good time for a family trip before they return to school. You can bet that most recreational centers will have Easter discounts and packages. At TVP Adventures, we can put together private and group packages within Lagos, Nigeria and Africa. Want to go to La Campagne Tropicana or Badagry? How about Abeokuta or Ibadan? Is Kenya, Dubai or Ghana on your list? These are all places you can explore in 4 days (including travel time).
Worker’s Day: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (1 Day).
On worker’s day, workers deserve rest. Rest comes in different forms so why not go surfing at Tarkwa Bay, camp out at JayBee Lodge (Tarkwa Bay), take an outdoor yoga class, relax at a nature park or enjoy fish and chips at a Lagoon front restaurant.
Democracy Day: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (1 Day).
Every year on May 29th, Nigerians celebrate their transition to democracy from military rule. This year, the 29th of May falls on a Tuesday which means the day will be a public holiday and traffic on the roads will be thin. Since there will be work the day before and the day after, it is a good day to rest at home or explore something new close to home. If you live on the coast, the beach is a good place to start. Never been to a museum? Why not visit one in your town. You can also hop on our day trip to Badagry. The trip will be a day-long excursion through the former slave route and relics. We will also enjoy a relaxing picnic at one of the best beaches in Lagos. Don’t worry, this trip is inclusive of AC bus transportation, professional trip photographer, breakfast, lunch, water and soft drinks, all tours, goody bag, games, music and fun!
Id el Fitr: Friday, June 15 — Monday, June 18, 2018 (4 Days).
During Id el Fitr, Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan — the holy month of fasting. It is important to note that this date may vary by one or two days, as it depends on moon sightings. It will only be confirmed closer to the time but is likely to begin on either the 14th of June or 15th of June. The good news is that since part of the holidays falls on a Saturday, the following Monday will most likely be declared as a holiday. This gives either four or five days in a row that are work-free.
In predominantly Muslim communities, many relics will be shut down for the holidays. But not the festivities! The feasts and festivities — such as Durbar Festival in Kano — will go on to celebrate the end of Ramadan. However, you’ve got nothing to worry about because in many other places, life will be bubbly, as normal. Looking for an adventure, we have a group trip through Western Nigeria from June 15–17, 2018. Our signature ‘Best of the West’ trip will take travellers to visit the Ooni’s Palace in Osun State, Erin Ijesha Waterfalls in Osun State, Ikogosi Warmsprings in Ekiti State, Idanre Hills in Ondo State and Moremi Statue in Osun State. This whirlwind exploration is one you don’t want to miss over the long holiday.
Id el Kabir: Wednesday, Aug. 22 — Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 (2 Days).
This holiday falls smack in the middle of the week so you’ll be better off staying close to home. There will be lots of feasting so you might want to indulge a little bit more than you normally do. Look out for our day trip announcements — Kayaking in Lagos, La Campagne Tropicana, City Tour of Lagos and other impromptu retreats! We also have day trips to Abeokuta and Badagry.
Independence Holiday: Saturday, Sept. 29 — Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 (3 Days)
Another long weekend, phew! Since Independence Day (Oct. 1) falls on a Monday this year, you’ll have Saturday, Sunday and Monday off work. That’s three days in a row! Every year, we celebrate Independence with a spectacular trip and this year will be no different. As the months go by, we will announce all the Independence trip options available.
Id el Maulud: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 (1 Day).
Another public holiday, smack in the middle of the week. Take a breather; the year will almost be over.
Christmas: Tuesday, Dec. 25 — Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 (2 Days).
Oh Christmas, come quickly. The perfect way to end the year is to take a well-deserved Christmas trip. If you can, extend your holiday into the new year and start 2019 on a restful note. After our Christmas trip last year, we are amping up the ante and doing bigger and better trips this year. Could it be Morocco? The Gambia? Egypt? Trust us to whip up something that will blow your mind and build you memories.
Sometimes, one or two public holidays spring up throughout the year so keep an eye for announcements and add a few more days to your travel time this year. We also love to make use of weekends to travel close to home. If you’ve got leave time, you could also take leave days to extend into public holidays to allow you travel farther and wider. Now, that’s enough to get your travelling train started!
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