There are about 15 public holidays observed in Nigeria every year. Since the number of Christians and Muslims in Nigeria are almost proportional, Christian and Islamic festivals form the majority of public holidays in this country.

Nigeria celebrates 4 Christian holidays e.g. Good Friday, Easter Monday, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day, as well as 4 Islamic holidays including Ramadan, Mawlid, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.

The other public holidays in Nigeria are either national commemorations like Independence and Democracy Day or international holidays such as New Year’s Day and Children’s Day.

The list of Nigeria 2013 public holidays is available below. Please note that the list is based on estimates. Therefore, we do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of this Nigeria 2013 public holidays calendar.

Nigeria Public Holidays 2013
Here is the list of Nigeria public holidays for the year of 2013:

New Year’s Day
1st day of the year according to Western calendar.
New Year 2013
Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Mawlid
Celebrates the birthday of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
Thursday, 24 January 2013

Good Friday
Commemorates the cruxifixion of Jesus.
Good Friday 2013
Friday, 29 March 2013

Easter Monday
The day after Easter Sunday.
Monday, 1 April 2013

Worker’s Day
Celebrates the worker’s achievement in Nigeria.
Worker’s Day 2013
Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Children’s Day
A celebration to honor the children.
Monday, 27 May 2013

Democracy Day
Commemorates the return of democracy in Nigeria.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013

June 12 Commemoration
Commemorates the failed 1993 election.
Only in Lagos
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Ramadan
The holy fasting month for the Muslim.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Eid al-Fitr
Celebrates the end of Ramadan.
Eid al-Fitr
Friday, 9 August 2013

Independence Day
Nigerian Independence Day commemorates the nation’s assumption of independent statehood.
Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Eid al-Adha
Feast of Sacrifice for the Muslim.
Eid al-Adha
Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Christmas Day
The birthday of Jesus Christ.
Christmas
Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Boxing Day
The day after Christmas.
Boxing Day
Thursday, 26 December 2013

*Muslim festivals are based on Islamic lunar calendars. Certain festivals require thorough observation and sightings of the phases of the moon. Therefore, the dates given above is only an estimation. The exact dates of holidays are usually announced near the festivals.

Happy Nigeria Holidays 2013!