Guide to all 2022 National Holidays in Nigeria including public holidays and regional holidays.
Tuesday | 20 December 2022
is not a holiday in Nigeria
Thursday | 22 December 2022
Sambisa Memorial Day
National Holidays in Nigeria 2022
This table contains a national calendar of all 2022 public holidays in Nigeria. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.
Date Holiday January 01
SATURDAY New Year's Day
National Holiday January 03
MONDAY New Year's Day (in lieu)
National Holiday February 24
THURSDAY Public Holiday
Ondo April 15
FRIDAY Good Friday
National Holiday April 18
MONDAY Easter Monday
National Holiday May 01
SUNDAY Worker's Day
International Workers' Day May 02
MONDAY Worker's Day (in lieu)
International Workers' Day May 03
TUESDAY Eid-el-fitri Sallah
End of Ramadan May 04
National Holiday May 27
FRIDAY Children's Day
Not A Public Holiday
School Holiday June 13
MONDAY Democracy Day (in lieu)
National Holiday July 10
SUNDAY Id el Kabir
Feast of the Sacrifice July 31
SUNDAY Islamic New Year
Oyo October 01
SATURDAY Independence Day
National Day October 03
MONDAY Independence Day (in lieu)
National Day November 02
WEDNESDAY Thanksgiving Day
Regional Holiday November 16
WEDNESDAY Public Holiday
Anambra December 22
THURSDAY Sambisa Memorial Day
Borno only December 25
SUNDAY Christmas Day
National Holiday December 26
MONDAY Boxing Day Holiday
Day of Goodwill December 27
TUESDAY Christmas Day (in lieu)
Which are the public holidays in Nigeria?
New Year’s Day
Similarly to countries around the world, New Year’s Day is a public holiday in Nigeria, celebrating the first day of the New Year according to the Gregorian Calendar.
In Nigeria, Good Friday is a public Christian holiday that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ before the Easter celebration.
Easter Monday is a Christian holiday celebrated the day after Easter Sunday. It is the most important Christian holiday as it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
More commonly known as Labor Day, Worker’s Day in Nigeria commemorates the achievements of the Labor movement.
Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. It is observed by Muslims in Nigeria and around the world.
A public holiday for Primary and Secondary school children, Children’s Day celebrates these children all over Nigeria.
Democracy Day marks the restoration of Democracy in Nigeria, and after its turbulent journey, Nigeria is the world’s fourth-largest democracy today.
Eid-al-Adha commemorates the sacrifice that Prophet Abraham made to God, and is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar.
Nigeria’s Independence Day marks the country’s independence from British rule in 1960. Their independence day is also celebrated by Nigerians in New York and has been celebrated since 1991. The celebrations in the U.S. are the largest celebrations outside Nigeria.
This public holiday in Nigeria is a work-free day in Nambra State for the posthumous birthday of the first President of Nigeria, Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Sambisa Memorial Day
The Sambisa Memorial Day mourns the victims of Boko Haram insurgents. It also marks the victory of the Nigerian Military and remembers the fallen soldiers and volunteers who have sacrificed their lives fighting Boko Haram since 2009.
Christmas Day is celebrated by Christians in Nigeria, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Boxing Day, often called the Day of Goodwill in Nigeria, is celebrated on the 28th of December. It is said that the name comes from people getting rid of boxes from presents after Christmas.