Public Holidays in Nigeria

Guide to all 2021 Public Holidays in Nigeria including public holidays and regional holidays.

Good Friday

April 02, 2021 | National Holiday

Public Holidays Nigeria 2021

Date Holiday Name Holiday Type Holiday Comment
January 01
New Year's Day National Holiday  
April 02
Good Friday National Holiday  
April 05
Easter Monday National Holiday  
May 01
Worker's Day National Holiday International Workers' Day
May 13
Sallah National Holiday End of Ramadan
May 27
Children's Day Not A Public Holiday School Holiday
June 12
Democracy Day National Holiday  
July 20
Id el Kabir National Holiday Feast of the Sacrifice
October 01
Independence Day National Holiday National Day
November 16
Public Holiday Regional Holiday Anambra
December 22
Sambisa Memorial Day Regional Holiday Borno only
December 25
Christmas Day National Holiday  
December 26
Boxing Day National Holiday Day of Goodwill
December 27
Christmas Day (in lieu) National Holiday  
December 28
Boxing Day (in lieu) 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 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 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.