National Holidays in Nigeria in 2022

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.

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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 Regional Holiday Ondo
April 15 FRIDAY Good Friday National Holiday
April 18 MONDAY Easter Monday National Holiday
May 01 SUNDAY Worker's Day National Holiday International Workers' Day
May 02 MONDAY Worker's Day (in lieu) National Holiday International Workers' Day
May 03 TUESDAY Eid-el-fitri Sallah National Holiday End of Ramadan
May 04 WEDNESDAY Sallah 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 National Holiday Feast of the Sacrifice
July 31 SUNDAY Islamic New Year Regional Holiday Oyo
October 01 SATURDAY Independence Day National Holiday National Day
October 03 MONDAY Independence Day (in lieu) National Holiday National Day
November 02 WEDNESDAY Thanksgiving Day Regional Holiday
November 16 WEDNESDAY Public Holiday Regional Holiday Anambra
December 22 THURSDAY Sambisa Memorial Day Regional Holiday Borno only
December 25 SUNDAY Christmas Day National Holiday
December 26 MONDAY Boxing Day Holiday National Holiday Day of Goodwill
December 27 TUESDAY Christmas Day (in lieu) National Holiday

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.

Good Friday
In Nigeria, Good Friday is a public Christian holiday that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ before the Easter celebration.

Easter Monday
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.

Worker’s Day
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.

Children’s Day
A public holiday for Primary and Secondary school children, Children’s Day celebrates these children all over Nigeria.

Democracy Day
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.

Independence Day
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.

Public Holiday
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
Christmas Day is celebrated by Christians in Nigeria, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Boxing Day
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.