The federal government of Nigeria has declared Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th December 2021 and Monday, 3rd January 2022 as public holidays to mark Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Day celebrations respectively.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement in a statement made public by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, on Wednesday morning.
The statement reads in part, “We must emulate the life of Jesus Christ in His practice and teachings on humility, service, compassion, patience, peace and righteousness, that His birth signifies.
“This will be the best way to portray Christ and celebrate his birth.”
Christmas Day, December 25, is a public holiday in many countries and is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians.
On the other hand, January 1 is the first day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar.
This day is known as New Year’s Day since it marks the beginning of the year.