Public holidays in Nigeria

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Nigeria has many public holidays.

Public holidays[edit]

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

Movable holidays[edit]

In addition, Nigeria officially celebrates a few moveable holidays, which occur on different dates every year:

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