Nigeria Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.

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DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday - Public Holiday as New Year's Day falls on a Sunday
8 MarWedWomen's Day - Commemorates Women's contributions to society internationally
14 AprFriGood Friday - Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Friday before Easter Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday - Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Monday after Easter Sunday
1 MayMonWorkers' Day - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers.
29 MayMonDemocracy Day - Commemorates the restoration of democracy in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when the newly elected Olusegun Obasanjo took office as the President of Nigeria in May 1999
15 JunThursChildren's Day - Children's Day in Nigeria is aimed to raise public awareness of problems that children face. Celebrated by government and non-governmental organizations. Children from primary and secondary schools have a day off
26 JunMonEid-el-fitri Sallah - End of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief
1 SeptFriId el Kabir - Feast of the Sacrifice. Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle
1 OctSunIndependence Day - Marks independence from British rule on 1 October 1960
25 DecMonChristmas Day - Christians celebrate the birth of Christ
26 DecTueBoxing Day - Boxing Day is the second day of Christmas and also St. Stephen's Day. The original concept of Boxing Day was to open wooden box or clay containers where people placed gifts and share gifts with the less fortunate

DateDayHoliday
1 JanWedNew Year's Day
14 JanTueId el Maulud - Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
25 FebTuePublic Holiday - Plateau only. Local government elections
8 MarSatWomen's Day
18 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayThursWorkers' Day
22 MayThursPublic Holiday - Kebbi only. For workers To obtain voter cards
23 MayFriPublic Holiday - Kebbi only. For workers To obtain voter cards
27 MayTueChildren's Day - A public holiday for Primary and Secondary school children
29 MarThursDemocracy Day
28 JulMonEid-el-fitri Sallah Holiday - The end of Ramadan
29 JulTueEid-el-fitri Sallah - The end of Ramadan
1 OctWedIndependence Day
5 OctSunId el Kabir - Eid Al Adha. Date varies on Lunar cycle
6 OctMonId el Kabir Holiday - Eid Al Adha. Date varies on Lunar cycle
7 OctTueId el Kabir Holiday - Eid Al Adha. Date varies on Lunar cycle
27 OctMonIslamic New Year Holiday - Osun only
27 NovThursPublic Holiday - Osun only. Mark the inauguration of Governor Aregbesola
24 DecWedChristmas Eve
25 DecThursChristmas Day
26 DecFriBoxing Day
31 DecWedNew Year's Eve

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
2 JanFriPublic Holiday - Bridge holiday for New Year and Eid el Maloud
3 JanSatId el Maulud - Prophet Muhammad' s Birthday
4 FebWedPublic Holiday - Delta. Visit to state by President Goodluck Jonathan
5 FebThursPublic Holiday - Niger, Edo, Imo, Oyo, Yobe. Allow voters to collect Permanent Voter Cards
6 FebFriPublic Holiday - ervants to collect Permanent Voter Cards
16 FebMonPublic Holiday - Borno only. Visit of Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari
2 MarMonPublic Holiday - Bayelsa. Allow voters to collect Permanent Voter Cards
8 MarSunWomen's Day
27 MarFriPublic Holiday - Ogun. Allow voters to collect Permanent Voter Cards
1 AprWedPublic Holiday - Edo only. To celebrate victory in the general election
3 AprFriGood Friday
6 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayFriWorkers' Day
27 MayWedChildren's Day - A public holiday for Primary and Secondary school children
29 MarFriDemocracy Day
12 JunFriPublic Holiday - Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo. marks the annulled general election of 1993
17 JulFriEid-el-fitri Sallah - The end of Ramadan
23 SeptWedId el Kabir - Eid Al Adha. Date varies on Lunar cycle
1 OctThursIndependence Day
24 DecThursChristmas Eve
25 DecFriChristmas Day
26 DecSatBoxing Day
31 DecThursNew Year's Eve

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
8 MarTueWomen's Day
25 MarFriGood Friday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
1 MaySunWorkers' Day
27 MayFriChildren's Day - A public holiday for Primary and Secondary school children
29 MarSunDemocracy Day
7 JulThursEid-el-fitri Sallah - The end of Ramadan
11 SeptSunId el Kabir - Eid Al Adha. Date varies on Lunar cycle
1 OctSatIndependence Day
24 DecSatChristmas Eve
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonBoxing Day
27 DecTueChristmas Day (observed)
31 DecSatNew Year's Eve

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
8 MarThursWomen's Day
30 MarFriGood Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
2 AprMonEaster Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)
1 MayTueWorkers' Day
27 MaySunChildren's Day (A public holiday for Primary and Secondary school children)
29 MayTueDemocracy Day (Commemorates the restoration of democracy in 1999)
12 JunTuePublic Holiday (Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo. Marks the annulled general election of 1993)
15 JunFriEid-el-fitri Sallah (The end of Ramadan)
22 AugWedId el Kabir (Eid Al Adha. Date varies on Lunar cycle)
1 OctMonIndependence Day (Independence from the United Kingdom in 1960)
25 DecTueChristmas Day
26 DecWedBoxing Day

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