Public Holidays in Nigeria

Are you in search to know Nigeria public holidays? The public holidays in Nigeria are days meant for staff which may occur due to a celebration or something vital in the country. Generally public holidays usually affects all Governments staffs but not including the paramilitary and military groups. Some private companies may go on holidays or been force to go on holidays depending on how important the reason for it is. If you are in search for days of public holidays in Nigeria then this article will go a long way for you. This is an updated list of 2019 however note that somethings may prompt up that could lead to public holidays that may note be listed here but below is the well-known holiday days in Nigeria that are generally recognized by the federal government of the nation.

Public Holidays in Nigeria

Public Holidays in Nigeria


Christmas is the time Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, it has been from time and it’s not only done in Nigeria but worldwide, On this period a holiday of two days if giving to celebrate the birth of Christ in Nigeria. This holiday involves everyone in Nigeria to have a rest and celebrate these day.

Boxing Day

Boxing day holiday comes immediately after Christmas holiday. This is another day to rest just day after Christmas festival. Boxing day is practice not only in Nigeria but most country worldwide.

New Year Holidays

New year is another amazing holiday day. A day to have a good rest among all other holidays. This is a holiday to have the first day of the year celebrated with your family. The first day of the year is well honored and it can’t be well celebrated without a holiday. all organizations and firms gives this day off to all staffs.

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Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

Ramadan is a Muslim celebration as observed by the Islamic faithful. This period is normally the beginning of fasting for the Muslims. Ramadan ends with the Eid al-Fitr festival.

In 2019, the Ramadan date will begin on Sunday, 5th of May and end on Tuesday, 4th of June. Eid al-Fitr falls on Wednesday, 5th of June 2019. These dates can change due to the constellations of the moon as to whe it would be cited by the Sultan.

Easter Season

This is another Christian celebration period which begins on Easter Sunday. Workers including Public servants and private staff will be granted Easter holiday break for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

According to the 2019 calendar, the date for the Easter public holiday is on April 22, 2019 which is on a Monday. Be aware that Easter begins 21st of the same month which is on a Sunday.

Good Friday

This is a christian holiday which is normally observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. Christians all over the world use this day to remember the suffering, passion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

According to the 2019 calendar, the date for Good Friday is April 19 and it is among the National holidays to be observed in most countries of the world.

Worker’s Day

Worker’s day usually occurs 1st May of every year and is also a national public holiday in Nigeria that gives workers just one free day to rest and celebrate themselves.

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Children’s Day

Children’s day this 2019 will be celebrated on May 27 which falls on a Monday. It is an international holiday observed in major countries of the world to honor children globally.

Independence Day

This day is celebrated worldwide but falls on different dates depending on the country you are.

In Nigeria for example, it is celebrated every October 1st as the country gained its independence from the hands of the British colonial masters on October 1, 1960. It is also a national public holiday.

Democracy Day

Democracy day in Nigeria has now been moved from May 29 to June 12. This national holiday was used to commemorate the official end to military rule in the country as we now operate a democracy in a civilian dispensation.

It is also the handover day, whereby power changes from one president to another.

Eid el Kabir

This is another Muslim festival celebrated on Monday, August 12th in 2019.

2019 National Public Holidays in Nigeria

Date Weekday Holiday name Holiday type
Jan 1 Tuesday New Year’s Day Public Holiday
Mar 8 Friday Women’s Day Observance
Mar 20 Sunday March equinox Season
Apr 19 Friday Good Friday Public Holiday
Apr 20 Saturday Holy Saturday Observance, Christian
Apr 21 Sunday Easter Day Observance, Christian
Apr 22 Monday Easter Monday Public Holiday
May 1 Wednesday Workers’ Day Public Holiday
May 27 Monday Children’s Day Observance
May 29 Sunday Handover Day
Jun 12 Wednesday Democracy Day Public Holiday
Jun 20 Monday June Solstice Season
Jun 5 Wednesday Id el Fitr Public Holiday
Jul 8 Friday Id el Fitr additional holiday Public Holiday
Aug 12 Monday Id el Kabir Public Holiday
Sep 14 Wednesday Id el Kabir additional holiday Public Holiday
Sep 22 Thursday September equinox Season
Oct 1 Tuesday Independence Day Public Holiday
Oct 3 Monday Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) Local holiday
Dec 12 Monday Id el Maulud Public Holiday
Dec 21 Wednesday December Solstice Season
Dec 22 Sunday Sambisa Memorial Day Public Holiday
Dec 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public Holiday
Dec 26 Thursday Boxing Day Public Holiday
Dec 31 Saturday New Year’s Eve Observance
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