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Nigeria bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

May ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name Observance*
Thu Labour Day
* Tue International Children's Day Schools
Thu Democracy Day
Mon Id el Fitri (End of Ramadan)
Tue Id el Fitri Holiday
Wed National Day
Sat Id el Kabir (Feast of Sacrifice)
Sun Id el Kabir Holiday
Mon Id el Kabir Holiday
Tue Id el Kabir Holiday
* Mon Islamic New Year (Osun Borno) Regional
Thu Christmas Day
Fri Boxing Day
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Recent News and Updates

27 Sep 2014 Nigerian 2014 Eid El-Kabir Public Holidays Announced (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abba Moro, has announced that the Nigerian Government had declared Monday and Tuesday, October 6 and 7, 2014, as paid non-working public holidays throughout Nigeria on account of the upcoming annual Eid El-Kabir (Feast of Sacrifice) public holidays.  25 Sep 2014 Nigerian Public Holiday October 1st (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Magaji A.G., has announced that the Nigerian Government, via its Minister of the Interior, Abba Moro, had declared Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, as a non-working public holiday throughout Nigeria on account of Nigeria's upcoming 54th annual independence anniversary.  23 Jul 2014 Nigerian Eid Public Holidays July 28-29 (The Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Nigerian Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, in a statement by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Fatima Bamidele, has announced that the Federal Government of Nigeria had declared Monday and Tuesday, July 28-29, 2014, as the non-working public holidays throughout Nigeria for the upcoming Eid-el-Fitri (End of Ramadan).  10 Jun 2014 Nigerian States Declare Public Holiday June 12 (Vanguard-Abeokuta) The State Governments of the Nigerian States of Oyo, Osun, and Lagos have once again declared Thursday, June 12, 2014, as a one-off non-working public holiday in the Nigerian states of Oyo, Osun, and Lagos.  22 May 2014 Nigerian Public Holiday May 29 (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abba Moro, has announced that the Nigerian Federal Government had declared Thursday, May 29, 2014, as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria.  29 Apr 2014 Nigerian 2014 Labour Day Public Holiday (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abba Moro, has announced that the Nigerian Federal Government had once again declared Thursday, May 1st, 2014, as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria.  15 Apr 2014 Nigerian Easter 2014 Public Holidays (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abba Moro, has announced that the Nigerian Government had declared Friday, April 18, and Monday, April 21, 2014, as non-working public holidays to commemorate this year's upcoming Good Friday and Easter Monday non-working public holidays, respectively.  09 Jan 2014 Nigerian 2014 Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has announced that Tuesday, January 14, 2014, had been declared an official non-working public holiday throughout Nigeria to commemorate the annual Muslim celebration of Eid-El-Maulud (Prophet Muhammad's Birthday).  20 Dec 2013 Nigerian 2013-2014 Year-End Public Holidays (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abba Moro, has announced that, as per custom, the Nigerian Government had declared 3, year-end, non-working public holidays in Nigeria for the end of the year 2013 and the beginning of 2014.  12 Oct 2013 Nigerian 2013 Eid El-Kabir Public Holidays Clarification (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abba Moro, has issued a statement that Monday, October 14, 2013, had not been declared as a one-off additional public holiday in Nigeria to link the previously-announced Eid El-Kabir (Feast of Sacrifice) public holidays to the preceeding weekend.  27 Aug 2013 Nigeria Considers New State Public Holiday (The Ekiti State Government of Nigeria-Ado Ekiti) The governor of Nigeria's Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has announced that his government would consider declaring an annual public holiday in honor of the first military governor of the old Western State, Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi.  07 Mar 2013 Nigeria Votes March 8 Public Holiday Again (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Nigerian House of Representatives in Abuja has once again adopted a motion calling on the Federal Government to declare March 8 of every year as public holiday "to celebrate the virtues of the Nigerian woman".  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Nigeria public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Governing Law: The Public Holidays Act of 1979, chapter 378, replaced all previous state laws by one federal law regulating all the official public holidays in Nigeria and was later amended by the HB. 72 A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Amendment of the Public Holidays Act Cap. 378 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 by adding a new item to the Schedule which added a public holiday on July 6, but was later replaced by Public Holidays Act, Cap.P40, Vol.14 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 which technically, however, is inconsistent with the 1999 Constitution which states, under Item 51, that only the National Assembly has the exclusive powers to declare public holidays in the Federation. This concerns specifically the May 29 public holiday, the only new holiday added since 1999.  Regional Public Holidays: article 2b of the above-mentioned Public Holidays Act specifies that state governors have the right to declare additional, state-level, public holidays. This allowance has been used in the Muslim north since 2003 by the Kano state governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, where the Islamic New Year is a full-fledged public holiday.  Weekend Public Holidays: articles 5a to 5d of the above-mentioned Public Holidays Act go to great lengths to specify that no day in lieu will be given to compensate any public holiday that falls on a Saturday or Sunday.  Last-Minute Public Holidays: The Government often declares public holidays spontaneously, often just a few days before the holiday. This includes, in contradiction with what is stated in the Public Holidays Act, compensation days when Islamic public holidays fall on a weekend, as well as additional Easter-related public holidays, and general elections (see next point).  Democracy Day was declared a public holiday by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, following the May 29, 1999, transition from military to civilian government.  Elections' Public Holidays: Most elections, lead to some kind of last minute public holiday announcement, either only for civil servants, or for the entire country. Updated dates of upcoming Nigeria elections can be found on the IFES web site and last-minute changes to world holidays are posted on our blog .  Muslim Holidays: Over the last few years, Nigeria and Libya, have often declared the beginning of Hijra months earlier than all other Muslim countries. This is particularly true of the start of the month of Ramadan and of the Eid al Fitr public holiday, in some cases (eg. Eid al Fitr 2008) even declaring the month to begin before the New Moon had occurred.  Eid al Adha is also called Babbar Sallah in the Nigerian-related languages.  Nigeria International Codes NG and NGA (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .ng (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Nigeria information and news: Central Bank of Nigeria (Nigeria central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Nigeria maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Nigeria), and Wikipedia (includes Nigeria commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Nigeria, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Nigeria that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays, for Nigeria, were calculated using the Libyan Center for Remote Sensing and Space Science (LCRSS) lunar visibility criteria. For Salat (prayer times) calculations, see our Freeware page.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Nigeria, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Nigeria, before planning any trip to Nigeria. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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