List of Official National Public Holidays in Nigeria in 2021

What Is Public Holiday?

Public Holidays are National Holidays or better still you can call them Legal Holiday or officially declared Holiday by the Government or by state established laws of the country, Many of these Public Holidays have become Norms they are observed from year to year.

However, there are some cases that the Nigeria government may need to declare a Public Holiday that is not entirely on the list, that not just happen in Nigeria alone but also in every other Sovereign States.

Nigerians are known to be hardworking people and very industrious, the public holidays are time Nigerians retreat from work and have some fun and quality time with family and loved ones.

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It can be a very hectic day to travel so far for an appointment and in the middle of the Journey you only discovered that you are trying to meet up with your appointment on a wrong day because it is a public Holiday.

Public Holidays are observed everywhere and even in Nigeria. On these holidays, offices and Government parastatals don’t perform any form of Official duties, which means that private and public companies including banks will be closed in order to observe the holiday.

The essence of bringing you these dates is to help you schedule well your time, so you get caught unawares, it will also help you to plan well your time and schedule important meetings and plan ahead of important dates as the case may be.

Having firsthand information about Nigeria public holidays will help you not to waste your time and resources. So we have taken time to compile the list of all the major public holidays in Nigeria 2021, in order to help you know how to plan your time and days ahead for events and meetings for the year 2021.

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Public Holidays In Nigeria 2021

Listed Below are oncoming public holidays in Nigeria starting from 1st January to 31 December 2021

Public Holidays and Observances in Nigeria in 2021

Jan 1WednesdayNew Year’s DayPublic Holiday
Mar 8SundayWomen’s DayObservance
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason
Apr 10FridayGood FridayPublic Holiday
Apr 11SaturdayHoly SaturdayObservance, Christian
Apr 12SundayEaster SundayObservance, Christian
Apr 13MondayEaster MondayPublic Holiday
May 1FridayWorkers’ DayPublic Holiday
May 24SundayId el FitrPublic Holiday
May 25MondayId el Fitr additional holidayPublic Holiday
May 27WednesdayChildren’s DayObservance
Jun 12FridayDemocracy DayPublic Holiday
Jun 20SaturdayJune SolsticeSeason
Jul 31FridayId el KabirPublic Holiday
Aug 1SaturdayId el Kabir additional holidayPublic Holiday
Aug 20ThursdayAl-Hijra (Islamic New Year)Local holiday
Sep 22TuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
Oct 1ThursdayNational DayPublic Holiday
Oct 29ThursdayId el MauludPublic Holiday
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 22TuesdaySambisa Memorial DayLocal holiday
Dec 24ThursdayChristmas EveObservance, Christian
Dec 25FridayChristmas DayPublic Holiday
Dec 26SaturdayBoxing DayPublic Holiday
Dec 31ThursdayNew Year’s EveObservance


We have also made available a Printable PDF Public Holiday in Nigeria that gives you a hardcopy you can keep in your office or home and make reference to from time to time to keep up with your schedules.


I will strongly suggest you also bookmark this page in your device or browser so you can easily keep a tab on the Public Holidays in Nigeria as they unfold.

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10 Most Popular Holidays Celebrated in Nigeria

Since you now have the list of Public Holidays In Nigeria 2021, we will like to know which are the most popular holidays in Nigeria and how you plan to spend the oncoming holidays with family and loved ones.

New Year’s Day

The new year is no doubt one of the most celebrated days in Nigeria, the holiday is celebrated from crossover night of December 30th or 31st of 2019 to new year January 2021. The next new year day is January 2021.

This holiday is not only peculiar to Nigeria, but it is also a day that is celebrated in all parts of the world in that it symbolizes the start of a new calendar year, the new year always comes up about 5 days after Christmas.

Christmas Day

Christmas is one of the most celebrated religious days worldwide. The day December 25, symbolizes the day the Messiah Jesus was born into this world.

Moreover, this holiday is not only celebrated by religious organizations, it is also observed by secular organizations owing to popular the day is all over the world.

25th of December in Nigeria has been set as an annual public holiday in Nigeria by the government to commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ usually observed by millions across the globe. Christmas day is arguably the most popular holiday in Nigeria.

Easter Holiday

The festival which usually starts on Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 12, 2021) is another day for Christians across Nigeria and in other parts of the world.

Easter holiday break will be awarded nationwide for the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ for employees, including both in the public and private sectors.

The Easter holiday commemorates Jesus ‘ resurrection from the dead and is defined in the New Testament as the third day following his burial in AD 30 by Roman Calvary Cross.

The date for Easter public holidays, according to the 2021 calendar, shall be April 12 (Sunday), 13 (Monday), 2021.

Worker’s Day

Labor Day in many nations of the wold is also referred to as May Day, is a holiday set aside for the working class, it is usually celebrated annually on May Day, a former European Spring Festival by the international workers ‘ movement.

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Workers ‘ Day in Nigeria is usually observed every 1st of May, it is a national public holiday in Nigeria which helps workers in both public and private sectors to relax and enjoy themselves for a full day.

Children’s Day

Children are the joy of the world, they deserve a full day to make merry and ash some fun. This 2021 Children’s Day is to be celebrated on the Wednesday of May 27th. The holiday is also observed worldwide to celebrate Children.

Eid el Kabir

The second of two Islamic holiday periods celebrated each year internationally, Eid al-Adha or Eid Qurban, also known as the “Sacrifice Festival” is perceived as a holy day to acknowledges Ibrahim’s commitment as an act of obedience to God’s orders to sacrifice his son.

Independence Day

Independence Day, which takes place in Nigeria on 1 October, is an official national holiday observed on October 1st of every year to mark October 1st, 1960 when Nigeria was declared independent from Colonial masters form Britain. Nigeria thus celebrates its independence remembrance every year on 1 October.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is observed every December 26. Usually, on that day the public cracks open Christmas gifts and wind off for the previous day’s Christmastide.

Democracy Day

Day of independence is 12 June, Nigeria’s national public holiday. This took place every year on 29 May until 6 June 2018. The day of independence was revised due to reasons that it clashes with the Emperor Bosun Babalola’s birthday.

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