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Public Holidays in Nigeria | Federal Government Declares Public Holiday 2024

 Public Holidays in Nigeria 2024

Nigerian public Holidays: The federal government of Nigeria has declared this year’s nationwide public holiday. You might wonder why it is so, this article will reveal the full list of Nigeria’s public holidays and the mystery behind them. Want to know if the federal government declares public holidays for 2024? Read down!

Nigeria is located on the western coast of Africa, one of the countries with abundant natural resources and diverse geography. It is the 7th most populous country in the world with an estimated population rate at 200.96 million.

It is known to have diverse regions and multi-ethnicity with over 520 spoken languages across the country. Nigeria is also Africa’s largest economy because of its export market, it has an area span of about 923,763 km2.

However, this page contains the full list of Nigeria’s public holidays, bank holidays, regional holidays, non-working national holidays, and sectorial holidays from January to December. Read carefully to know!


List of Public Holidays in Nigeria

In this article, we have outlined the full list of public holidays in Nigeria. If you have been wondering or asking about Nigeria’s public holiday dates, this article will answer all your questions and clear your doubts.

Below is the full list of Nigeria’s public holidays from January to December:


Dates Name Type
1 Jan – Sunday New Year’s Day Public Holiday  
2 Jan – Monday Day off for New Year’s Day Public Holiday
14 Feb – Tuesday Valentine’s Day Observance
22 Feb – Wednesday Ash Wednesday Observance, For Christian
8 Mar – Wednesday Women’s Day Observance
19 Mar – Sunday Mothering Sunday Observance
20 Ma r- Monday March Equinox Season
23 Mar – Thursday Ramadan Start Observance
7 Apr – Friday Good Friday Public Holiday
8 Apr – Saturday Holy Saturday Observance, For Christian
9 Apr – Sunday Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
10 Apr – Monday Easter Monday Public Holiday
22 Apr – Saturday Id el Fitr (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
23 Apr Sunday Id el Fitr holiday (Tentative Date) Public Holiday  
1 May Monday Workers’ Day Public Holiday
27 May – Saturday Children’s Day Observance
12 Jun – Monday Democracy Day Public Holiday
18 Jun – Sunday Father’s Day Observance  
21 Jun – Wednesday June Solstice Season
29 Jun – Thursday Id el Kabir (Tentative Date) Public Holiday  
30 Jun – Friday Id el Kabir additional holiday (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
19 Jul – Wednesday Al-Hijra (Tentative Date) Local holiday
20 Aug – Sunday Isese Day Local holiday – Osun
23 Sep Saturday September Equinox Season
27 Sep – Wednesday Id el Maulud (Tentative Date) Public Holiday  
1 Oct – Sunday National Day Public Holiday  
2 Oct – Monday Day off for National Day Public Holiday
22 Dec – Friday Sambisa Memorial Day Local holiday –  Borno
22 Dec – Friday December Solstice Season
24 Dec – Sunday Christmas Eve Observance, For Christian
25 Dec – Monday Christmas Day Public Holiday
26 Dec – Tuesday Boxing Day Public Holiday  
31 Dec – Sunday New Year’s Eve Observance


 Public Holidays in Nigerian

What are the Main Holidays in Nigeria

As listed above, there are several holidays in Nigeria, out of which, there are those that are considered as the major holidays in the country. Continue reading this article till the end, you will know everything about Nigeria’s public holidays.

Dates Holidays Description
1 January New Year’s Day Commemorates the beginning of the calendar year.
15 January Armed Forces Remembrance Day Commemorates the end of the Nigerian Civil War.
1 May Workers’ Day Commemorates Workers’ labor movement internationally.
27 May Children’s Day School Holiday for Children
12 June Democracy Day Commemorates the return to Democracy in Nigeria
1 October Independence Day Commemorates the Independence of Nigeria from Britain.
25 December Christmas Day Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus
26 December Boxing Day Christian holiday commemorating the day after Christmas

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Nigeria’s Moveable Holidays

These holidays are considered moveable because it happen on different dates every year. These holidays are mostly celebrated by Muslims. Some of these holidays are given in the table below.

Dates Holidays Description
12 Rabi’ al-awwal Mawlid Muslim holiday celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.
10 Dhu al-Hijjah Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday celebrating the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son.
1 Shawwal Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting
Friday of Holy Week (March or April) Good Friday Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus.
Monday after Easter (March or April) Easter Monday Christian holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 Nigeria has numerous holidays declared by the federal government and we have been able to compile the full list of all public holidays in Nigeria this year. If the list helps use the comment box to share your thoughts with us or if you have any questions regarding the list of public holidays in Nigeria for 2024


  • Michael

    This post is authored by Michael Offiong, an Editor of Recruitment Portfolio. Boasting over a decade of expertise in the recruitment sector, Michael provides up-to-date information on jobs and recruitment topics, career opportunities, and breaking news stories.

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