Nigerian Holidays

Nigeria declares Wednesday, Thursday public holidays for Eid-ul-Fitri 2021

Africa Eid al-Fitr

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Wednesday May 12th and Thursday May 13th as public holidays to mark the 2021 Eid-ul-Fitri celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Monday May 10th 2021.

A statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, quoted Aregbesola as congratulating the Muslim faithful on the occasion.

He also called “all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land”.

Eid al-Fitri is a Muslim religious holiday celebrated globally as the last day of Ramadan. Its date depends on the Islam lunar calendar, so it changes each year. Eid al-Fitr is often called “Festival of Breaking the Fast.” The holiday originated with the Islamic prophet Muhammad who had the Koran revealed to him during Ramadan.

Ramadan is a holy month each year when Muslims try to “elevate” spiritually, which means worshipping and becoming closer to God.

For Muslims, Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It’s a joyful holiday when the faithful celebrate the completion of 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting.