Public Holidays in Nigeria

Guide to all 2023 Public Holidays in Nigeria including public holidays and regional holidays.

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Sunday | 05 February 2023
is not a holiday in Nigeria

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Friday | 07 April 2023

Good Friday

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Public Holidays Nigeria 2023

This table contains a national calendar of all 2023 public holidays in Nigeria. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

DateHoliday
January 01
SUNDAY
New Year's Day
National Holiday
January 02
MONDAY
New Year's Day (in lieu)
National Holiday
April 07
FRIDAY
Good Friday
National Holiday
April 10
MONDAY
Easter Monday
National Holiday
April 22
SATURDAY
Eid-el-fitri Sallah
National Holiday
End of Ramadan
April 23
SUNDAY
Eid-el-fitri Sallah
National Holiday
End of Ramadan
May 01
MONDAY
Worker's Day
National Holiday
International Workers' Day
May 27
SATURDAY
Children's Day
Not A Public Holiday
School Holiday
June 12
MONDAY
Democracy Day
National Holiday
June 29
THURSDAY
Id el Kabir
National Holiday
Feast of the Sacrifice
June 30
FRIDAY
Id el Kabir Holiday
National Holiday
Feast of the Sacrifice
October 01
SUNDAY
Independence Day
National Holiday
National Day
October 02
MONDAY
Independence Day (in lieu)
National Holiday
National Day
November 02
THURSDAY
Thanksgiving Day
Regional Holiday
Bayelsa
November 16
THURSDAY
Public Holiday
Regional Holiday
Anambra
December 22
FRIDAY
Sambisa Memorial Day
Regional Holiday
Borno only
December 25
MONDAY
Christmas Day
National Holiday
December 26
TUESDAY
Boxing Day
National Holiday
Day of Goodwill


Which are the public holidays in Nigeria?

New Year’s Day
Similarly to countries around the world, New Year’s Day is a public holiday in Nigeria, celebrating the first day of the New Year according to the Gregorian Calendar.

Good Friday
In Nigeria, Good Friday is a public Christian holiday that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ before the Easter celebration.

Easter Monday
Easter Monday is a Christian holiday celebrated the day after Easter Sunday. It is the most important Christian holiday as it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Worker’s Day
More commonly known as Labor Day, Worker’s Day in Nigeria commemorates the achievements of the Labor movement.

Eid-al-Fitr
Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. It is observed by Muslims in Nigeria and around the world.

Children’s Day
A public holiday for Primary and Secondary school children, Children’s Day celebrates these children all over Nigeria.

Democracy Day
Democracy Day marks the restoration of Democracy in Nigeria, and after its turbulent journey, Nigeria is the world’s fourth-largest democracy today.

Eid-al-Adha
Eid-al-Adha commemorates the sacrifice that Prophet Abraham made to God, and is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar.

Independence Day
Nigeria’s Independence Day marks the country’s independence from British rule in 1960. Their independence day is also celebrated by Nigerians in New York and has been celebrated since 1991. The celebrations in the U.S. are the largest celebrations outside Nigeria.

Public Holiday
This public holiday in Nigeria is a work-free day in Nambra State for the posthumous birthday of the first President of Nigeria, Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe.

Sambisa Memorial Day
The Sambisa Memorial Day mourns the victims of Boko Haram insurgents. It also marks the victory of the Nigerian Military and remembers the fallen soldiers and volunteers who have sacrificed their lives fighting Boko Haram since 2009.

Christmas Day
Christmas Day is celebrated by Christians in Nigeria, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Boxing Day
Boxing Day, often called the Day of Goodwill in Nigeria, is celebrated on the 28th of December. It is said that the name comes from people getting rid of boxes from presents after Christmas.


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