Public Holidays in Nigeria

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Public holidays in Nigeria list. Below are National public holidays in Nigeria .

Public holidays in Nigeria
Public holidays in Nigeria

These are Nigeria public holidays, national days observed nationwide in Nigeria as declared by the Federal government or the supreme authority of the country.

Comprehensive list of public holidays celebrated in Nigeria with dates (which may varies) and concise information on the origin or cause and meaning of holidays.


Nigeria is the largest economy and most populous country in Africa, located at the extreme inner corner of the Gulf of Guinea on Africa’s west coast.

Nigerian public holidays are divided into three categories: Christian holidays such as Christmas, Muslim holidays such as the Prophet Muhammad’s birth, and general holidays such as Labour Day.

The President of Nigeria has the authority to declare national holidays for the entire country, or for any state or region of the country. Governors have the authority to declare public holidays in their states or parts of their states. When the Minister for Internal Affairs deems it necessary or appropriate, he or she has the authority to change designated holiday dates.

On Sundays, Nigerian workers have the right to a day of rest, and no work on public holidays. Employers and employees must negotiate and reach an agreement on holiday and Sunday pay. This agreement can be found in a labor contract, a union agreement, or a contract with a public employee.

Ministers and agency heads have the authority to direct public employees to work on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. They have the authority to do so when it is deemed necessary or in the public interest.

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Nigeria is bounded on the northeast by Chad, on the east by Cameroon, on the south by the Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Guinea), on the west by Benin (formerly Dahomey), and on the northwest and north by Niger.

Public Holiday

A public holiday, national holiday, or better still legal holiday, is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

Sovereign nations and territories like Nigeria observe holidays based on events of significance to their history, such as the National Day.

The public holidays are generally days of celebration or commemoration, like the anniversary of a significant historical event, or can be a religious celebration.

Public holidays can fall on a specific day of the year, be tied to a certain day of the week in a certain month or follow other calendar systems like the Lunar calendar, Islamic calendar and others.

Nigeria Public Holidays

In the Nigeria , a federal holiday is a calendar date that is recognized and designated by the federal government of the Nigeria as a holiday.

Every year on a Nigeria public holiday, non-essential federal government offices are closed, stock market trading may usually be suspended, and every federal government employee is paid for the holiday as well.

Institutions, such as banks, businesses, and schools may be closed on public holidays. In various parts of the country, state and city holidays may be observed concurrently with federal public holidays.

Below are the list of upcoming official Nigeria public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays, regional public holidays, non-working national holidays and probably sectorial holidays.

Holidays in Nigeria

Jan 01: New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day, also simply called New Year or New Year’s, is observed on 1 January, the first day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. A special holiday in Nigeria and all across the globe.

Apr: Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian holiday in Nigeria commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Great and Holy Friday, and Black Friday.

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Apr: Easter Monday

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and a public holiday in Nigeria. It is the second day of Eastertide. In Western Christianity, it is also the second day of the Octave of Easter, and in Eastern Christianity, it is also the second day of Bright Week

May 01: Worker’s Day

Workers’ Day in Nigeria and often referred to as May Day, is a celebration of workers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement and occurs every year on May Day.

May 12: Eid-el-fitri Sallah Holiday

Eid-al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr, Eid ul-Fitr, Id-Ul-Fitr, Eid) is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan.

May 14: Sallah Holiday

A special holiday for Muslim faithfuls in Nigeria.

May 27: Children’s Day

Children’s Day is a commemorative date celebrated annually in honour of children in Nigeria. It’s date of observance varies by country. In 1925, International Children’s Day was first proclaimed in Geneva during the World Conference on Child Welfare.

Jun 23: Public Holiday

Jul 12: Democracy Day

Democracy Day is June 12, a national public (bank) holiday in Nigeria. Democracy Day marks the day the military handed over power to an elected civilian government in 1999, marking the beginning of the longest continuous civilian rule since Nigeria’s independence from colonial rule in 1960.

Jul 20: Id el Kabir

Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast in the Muslim calendar. It celebrates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael in submission to Allah’s command, before he was stopped by Allah.

Id el Kabir

Jul 21: Id el Kabir Holiday

Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast in the Muslim calendar. It celebrates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael in submission to Allah’s command, before he was stopped by Allah.

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Aug 09: Islamic New Year

Aug 10: Islamic New Year

Aug 20: Isese Day

Isese Day is a regional public holiday observed in the Nigerian state of Osun on August 20th each year. The day is set aside by the Osun government for traditional worshipers to celebrate their deities. The day is observed as the culmination of a week of traditional religious activities and festivities.

Oct 01: Independence Day

Independence Day is an official national holiday in Nigeria, celebrated on the first of October. It marks Nigeria’s proclamation of independence from British rule on 1 October 1960.

Nov 16: Nnamdi Azikiwe

A work-free day in Anambra State for the posthumous birthday of the first President of Nigeria, Dr Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe.

Dec 22: Sambisa Memorial Day

Sambisa Memorial Day is observed in Borno only. Remembering victims of Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria. The purpose of the day is mourning victims of Boko Haram insurgents, the victory recorded by the Nigerian Military and the remembrance of fallen soldiers and volunteers who have sacrificed their lives fighting Boko Haram since 2009 in different parts of Borno State.

Dec 25: Christmas Day

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration by billions of people around the world.

Dec 26: Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day, occurring on the second day of Christmastide. Though it originated as a holiday to give gifts to the poor, today Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday.

*Meanwhile, if a non-working public holiday in Nigeria happens during the weekend, then the Monday after would be non-working.

Nigeria public holidays listed above

We hope that this list of public holidays in Nigeria gives you an idea of which work-free days there is, being a citizen of Nigeria or a visitor or probably checking to know which date is which.