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.
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 Notes
Mawlid Muslim holiday celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.
Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday celebrating the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son.
Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting.
Good Friday Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus.
Easter Monday Christian holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Easter.