National & Public Holidays in 2018 in Nigeria

The 2018 calendar is out and shows all national public holiday dates in the country. As a civil servant or government worker, you would need information on these holiday dates to help you plan your schedule in future.

Since the Federal government can declare any date as a national holiday, its best you are always updated, so as not to loose guard of events in the country.

You should also note that most of these public holidays in Nigeria can be dynamic. This is noticeable during Islamic festivals where their public holiday dates are mostly determined by the constellation of the full moon.

There are four Christian holidays in the country which are: Easter Monday, Good Friday, Boxing Day and Christmas Day. There are also 4 Islamic holidays which include: Ramadan, Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr and Eid el Kabir.

While Democracy day normally takes place every 29th of May, Nigeria’s Independence day is on October 1st.

Below are dates for 2018 National Public Holidays culled from

Date Weekday Holiday name Holiday type
Jan 1 Friday New Year’s Day Public Holiday
Mar 8 Tuesday Women’s Day Observance
Mar 20 Sunday March equinox Season
Mar 25 Friday Good Friday Public Holiday
Mar 26 Saturday Holy Saturday Observance, Christian
Mar 27 Sunday Easter Day Observance, Christian
Mar 28 Monday Easter Monday Public Holiday
May 1 Sunday Workers’ Day Public Holiday
May 27 Friday Children’s Day Observance
May 29 Sunday Democracy Day Public Holiday
Jun 12 Sunday June 12 Commemoration Local holiday
Jun 20 Monday June Solstice Season
Jul 7 Thursday Id el Fitr Public Holiday
Jul 8 Friday Id el Fitr additional holiday Public Holiday
Sep 13 Tuesday Id el Kabir Public Holiday
Sep 14 Wednesday Id el Kabir additional holiday Public Holiday
Sep 22 Thursday September equinox Season
Oct 1 Saturday National Day Public Holiday
Oct 3 Monday Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year) Local holiday
Dec 12 Monday Id el Maulud Public Holiday
Dec 21 Wednesday December Solstice Season
Dec 24 Saturday Christmas Eve Observance, Christian
Dec 25 Sunday Christmas Day Public Holiday
Dec 26 Monday Boxing Day Public Holiday
Dec 31 Saturday New Year’s Eve Observance

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