New Year’s Day 2021 in Nigeria

New Year 2021 in Nigeria happens to be one such important day of the year when people come out of their homes to give a grand welcome to the new Gregorian year and bid adieu to the old one. This day is celebrated quite typically in Nigeria. People go out to meet their near and dear ones and give a hearty welcome to the New Year. Let us now take a look at some of the traditions which are only special to Nigeria and followed very religiously on the occasion of New Year’s.

When is New Year’s Day in 2021?

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January, 2021

(Friday)

Is New Year’s Day a Public Holiday in Nigeria?

New Year’s Day is a public holiday for the general population according to Holidays 2021. This means, offices, colleges, schools, universities, and several other academic institutions remain closed on this day.

How New Year Celebrations Take Place in Nigeria?

There are certain Celebrations which are specific to Nigeria followed on the occasion of New Year’s Day. Let us take a look at what they are.

  • Prayers are offered on the midnight of 31st.
  • People also go to their acquaintances whom they haven’t talked to for a while and make amendments to their relationships in Nigeria.
  • Masquerades are also a common sighting on this day when they follow this tradition as a part of ritual cleansing. They are usually sighted from the midnight of 31st onwards.
  • The throwing of Banger is a common tradition followed on this day. It is a custom similar to the sighting of fireworks which is mandatorily carried out in other parts of the world on the occasion of New Year’s eve.
  • People also exchange gifts with friends, family members and close acquaintances.
  • Lagos is the most popular city of Nigeria and this is where the most extravagant of celebrations take place on the day of New Year’s Day in Nigeria.

New Year’s Day Observances

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2019 Tue 1 January New Year’s Day Public Holiday
2020 Wed 1 January New Year’s Day Public Holiday
2021 Fri 1 January New Year’s Day Public Holiday
2022 Sat 1 January New Year’s Day Public Holiday
2023 Sun 1 January New Year’s Day Public Holiday
2024 Mon 1 January New Year’s Day Public Holiday
2025 Wed 1 January New Year’s Day Public Holiday

New Year Celebrations in Other Countries

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Quick Facts

This year: Fri, 1 January 2021
Next year: Sat, 1 January 2022
Last year: Wed, 1 January 2020
Type : Public Holiday