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Nigeria Public Holidays 2013 Calendar

Nigeria Public Holidays

Public holidays in Nigeria are a mix of movable Muslim holy days, Christian celebrations and national pride events.  About 14 Nigeria Public Holidays are declared each year.  Holidays in Nigeria can be especially tricky for travelers, because four Muslim public holidays move from year to year. Only the Nigerian government can declare special holidays on a year-to-year basis.

 Christian Holidays

Boxing Day, Christmas Day, Easter Monday and Good Friday are considered national public holidays in Nigeria. These Christian holidays may be influenced by being a British colony.


The Nigerian government recognizes four Muslim holidays as public.  They include Ramadan, Mawlid, Eid al-fitr and Eid al-Adha.  These follow the Muslim calendar and thus, may fall on different days each year.

National Pride/Social Groups

Worker’s Day, Children’s Day, Independence Day and Democracy Day are all national holidays.

We hope that you will enjoy your 2013 Nigerian holidays, and remember to book for hotels or flights in advance for a cheaper bargain, since last min bookings can go really high.

Here is a list of Nigerian Public Holidays 2013 Calendar


New Year’s Day
Tue 1/Jan/2013

Milad un Nabi (The Prophet’s Birthday)
Wed 23/Jan/2013

Good Friday
Fri 29/Mar/2013

Easter Monday
Mon 1/Apr/2013

Labour Day
Wed 1/May/2013

International Children’s Day
Mon 27/May/2013

Democracy Day
Wed 29/May/2013

Eid-al Fitr (End of Ramadan)*
Wed 7/Aug/2013

Eid-al Fitr Holiday
Thu 8/Aug/2013

Independence Day
Tue 1/Oct/2013

Eid-al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)*
Tue 15/Oct/2013

Eid-al Adha Holiday
Wed 16/Oct/2013

Christmas Day
Wed 25/Dec/2013

Boxing Day
Thu 26/Dec/2013

* Please note that Muslim holiday dates are an estimate and not exact, that’s because they are subject to the lunar calendar. Dates are usually confirmed a day or two before depending on moon citations.

Disclaimer: Please note that due to last minute change in public holidays, we can not and will not be held responsible for any error or change in the above Nigeria 2013 public holidays calendar. In-order to confirm the above calendar, we advise you to find and contact the Embassy or consulate of Nigeria.

Wish you a happy and pleasant Nigerian holidays 2013 :)

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