Wants to know the official public holidays in Nigeria? Or need to know school holiday dates in Nigeria?
A public holiday in Nigeria is a holiday generally established by Nigerian law makers and is normally a non working day during the year.
The public holidays in Nigeria are generally days to celebrate an occasion, like the anniversary of a historical event (eg: Independence day), or can be a religious celebration like Christmas.
A comprehensive list of public holidays in Nigeria with brief description of respective holidays including Nigerian festivals are listed on this webpage.
National Holidays in Nigeria
Festivals in Nigeria
Nigerian Public Holidays
Nigerian National Holidays
The Nigerian National Day is a designated date on the 1 October (1960) to celebrate the Independence Day (National Day) of Nigeria.
Often this public holiday in Nigeria is not called as National Day. However, the banks, schools and other public buildings will be closed.
The 1st of January is celebrated as The New Year in Nigeria to mark the beginning of a new calendar year.
May Day is another national holiday in Nigeria which is observed to commemorate the achievements of the labor movement.
Festivities In Nigeria
Christmas Day is a public holiday in most of the countries and observed on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus.
The Orthodox Christian and Western-Roman Catholic patronal feast day or 'name day' are celebrated in each place's patron saint's day, according to the Calendar of saints.
The largest holidays for Muslims in Nigeria are Eid ul-Fitr. This is celebrated immediately after the end of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha which is celebrated at the conclusion of the Hajj.
Diwali (Festival of Light) is one of the biggest holidays observed by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs who reside in Nigeria.
Jews who live in Nigeria celebrate several festivals: the Passover (Spring Feasts of Pesach) and Shavuot,
the Rosh Hashanah (beginning of the Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Sukkot (Tabernacles), and Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly).