Nigeria Public Holidays 2021


 
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A preview of the Nigeria bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2021, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Nigeria Public Holidays in 2021 Observance*
Jan.    Fri New Year's Day
Apr.    Fri Good Friday
        Mon Easter Monday
May     Sat Labour Day
        Mon Labour Day Holiday (tentative)
        Thu Id el Fitri (End of Ramadan)
        Fri Id el Fitri Holiday
        Thu International Children's Day Schools
June    Sat Democracy Day
        Mon Democracy Day Holiday (tentative)
July    Tue Id el Kabir (Feast of Sacrifice)
        Wed Id el Kabir Holiday
Oct.    Fri National Day
        Mon Eid-El-Maulud (The Prophet's Birthday)
Dec.    Sat Christmas Day
        Sun Boxing Day
        Mon Christmas Day Holiday (tentative)
        Tue Boxing Day Holiday (tentative)
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

11 Jun 2018 Nigerian Eid Public Holidays June 15-18 (The Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Nigerian Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, in a statement on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, has announced that Friday and Monday, June 15 and 18, 2018, had been declared as non-working public holidays throughout Nigeria on account of the upcoming Eid-el-Fitri (End of Ramadan) annual public holidays of Nigeria.  08 Jun 2018 Nigeria Rules-Out June 12 Public Holiday (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has announced that Nigerian Democracy Day, to be marked every June 12, would not be a non-working public holiday in Nigeria, in 2018, as Democracy Day was already celebrated last month as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria ("The investiture will take place on Tuesday June 12th, 2018, a date which in future years will replace May 29th as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day").  06 Jun 2018 Nigerian 2019 Democracy Day Public Holiday Amended (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has announced that, effective from next year, Nigerian Democracy Day would be marked every June 12 in honor of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief Moshood Abiola.  25 May 2018 Nigerian 2018 Democracy Day Public Holiday (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, in an announcement issued by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. M.B Umar, has announced that the Nigerian Federal Government had declared Tuesday, May 29, 2018, as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria, on account of the 2018 Democracy Day non-working public holiday of Nigeria.  05 May 2018 Nigeria Mulls PVC Public Holidays (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) Nigerian Senator, Oluremi Tinubu, has urged the Nigerian Federal Government to declare official non-working public holidays to facilitate the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), ahead of the December 2018 deadline.  25 Apr 2018 Nigerian 2018 Labour Day Public Holiday (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abdulrahman Dambazau, in a statement by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr M. Umar, has announced that the Nigerian Federal Government had declared Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria.  27 Mar 2018 Nigerian Easter 2018 Public Holidays (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has announced that the Nigerian Government had declared Friday, March 30, and Monday, April 2, 2018, as non-working public holidays to commemorate this year's upcoming Good Friday and Easter Monday non-working public holidays in Nigeria, respectively.  20 Dec 2017 Nigerian 2017-2018 Year-End Public Holidays (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abdulrahman Dambazau, via his Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Magaji, has announced that the Nigerian Government, had declared Monday, December 25, 2017, Tuesday, December 26, 2017, and Monday, January 1, 2018, as non-working public holidays throughout Nigeria "for the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year celebrations".  29 Nov 2017 Nigerian Public Holiday December 1 (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, via his Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Magaji, has announced that the Nigerian Government, had declared Friday, December 1, 2017, as a non-working public holiday throughout Nigeria to mark the Eid-El Maulud (birth of Prophet Muhammad) celebration.  27 Sep 2017 Nigerian Public Holiday October 2 (Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria-Abuja) The Minister of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, has announced that the Nigerian Government, had declared Monday, October 2, 2017, as a non-working public holiday throughout Nigeria on account of Nigeria's upcoming 57th annual independence anniversary.  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 .  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), UnitedHealthcare Global (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 2021 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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