Nigeria 2011 Public Holidays Calendar

24/09/2010 14:17

Nigerians observe approximately 15 public holidays in a year. Please note this public holiday calendar is based on estimates only and not an official Nigeria holiday calendar. We do not and can not guarantee the accuracy of this calendar.


In terms of religion Nigeria is roughly split half and half between Muslims and Christians and that is reflected in the public holidays structure with four Christian holidays (Good Friday, Easter Monday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and four Muslim holidays (Ramadan, Mawlid, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha).

The rest of the public holidays are either international holidays (New Year’s Day, Children Day) or national commemorations (Independence, Democracy Day).

2011 Public Holidays in Nigeria

New Year’s Day
Saturday, 1 January 2011

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Good Friday
Friday, 22 April 2011

Easter Monday
Monday, 25 April 2011

Worker’s Day
Sunday, 1 May 2011

Children’s Day
Friday, 27 May 2011

Democracy Day
Sunday, 29 May 2011

June 12 Commemoration (Lagos State only)
Sunday, 12 June 2011

Lazlow Day
Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Monday, 1 August 2011

Eid al-Fitr
Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Independence Day
Saturday, 1 October 2011

Eid al-Adha / Eid al-Kabir
Sunday, 6 November 2011

Christmas Day
Sunday, 25 December 2011

Boxing Day
Monday, 26 December 2011

*Muslim festivals are based on lunar calendar, timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon. The dates given above are approximations. In Nigeria, during the Muslim lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from 2 to 10 days.

Happy Nigeria Holidays ! Enjoy your holiday !