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Nigeria : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

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    Friday December 9, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday December 26, 2022Boxing DayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday December 27, 2022Christmas Day (forwarded to Tuesday)Catholic or protestant
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 9, 2023Christmas holidays (end)School holidays
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Wednesday February 22, 2023Spring holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday February 25, 2023Parliamentary electionSpecial Events
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    Saturday February 25, 2023General electionSpecial Events
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    Monday February 27, 2023Spring holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday March 11, 2023Local electionsSpecial Events
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    Sunday March 19, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Thursday March 23, 2023Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Saturday March 25, 2023Enugu Trade FairTradeshows
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Friday April 21, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Saturday April 22, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Monday April 24, 2023Easter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Monday May 29, 2023Inauguration DaySecular holiday
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    Monday June 12, 2023Democracy DaySecular holiday
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    Sunday June 18, 2023Fathers' Daycards/flowers
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    Wednesday June 28, 2023Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Thursday June 29, 2023Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Friday December 9, 2022
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    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day

    Boxing Day

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    Monday December 26, 2022
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    Christmas Day (forwarded to Tuesday)

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    Tuesday December 27, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Due to historical reasons, Christmas this year is celebrated AFTER Boxing day

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    New Year's Day

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    Monday January 2, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Christmas holidays (end)

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    Monday January 9, 2023
    School holidays : Http://education.gov.ng/
    Schooling is mandatory till age 14, but a number of children do not attend school
    Teaching languages: English, Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo and local vernaculars
    schools close on Saturday & Sunday
    school uniforms required

    please scroll to each state to view the related confirmed dates

    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Spring holiday (beginning)

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    Wednesday February 22, 2023
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    Parliamentary election

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    Saturday February 25, 2023
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    General election

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    Saturday February 25, 2023
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    Spring holiday (end)

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    Monday February 27, 2023
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    Local elections

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    Saturday March 11, 2023
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    Mothers' Day

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    Sunday March 19, 2023
    cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. Called "Mothering Sunday" in the UK

    Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Thursday March 23, 2023
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    Enugu Trade Fair

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    Saturday March 25, 2023
    Tradeshows : Https://www.enuguinternationaltradefair.com.ng/ lasts 10 days - 2023 edition confirmed

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
    Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Friday April 21, 2023
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    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
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    Easter holiday (end)

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    Monday April 24, 2023
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    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Inauguration Day

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    Monday May 29, 2023
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    Democracy Day

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    Monday June 12, 2023
    Secular holiday : The Obasanjo government has decided to make a public holiday out of Democracy Day in an attempt of guarding the achievements made in 1999 and celebrating itself as the symbol of Nigerian democracy.

    Fathers' Day

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    Sunday June 18, 2023
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    Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Wednesday June 28, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Also written Id al'Adha (or Eid Al-Adha) is the Feast of the Sacrifice , the second main celebration of Islam. It takes place on the tenth day of the twelfth -- last month of the Islamic calendar and celebrates Abraham's (also written Ibrahim) willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, or the Hajj , to Makkah (Mecca) in Saudi Arabia.

    Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Thursday June 29, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : The second main celebration of Islam. It celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, or the Hajj , to Makkah (Mecca) in Saudi Arabia.