List of Public Holidays Muslims Will Observe In June/July 2024

List of Public Holidays Muslims Will Observe In June/July 2024

  • The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Saad Abubakar, has already declared Sunday, June 16, Eid el-Kabir day (Sallah)
  • The Sultan will later declare the first day of Muharram Hijri 1446 — the first month of the Islamic calendar
  • Consequently, some Nigerian states will declare public holiday to mark the start of the new religious year which falls in July journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering governance and public journalism.

FCT, Abuja - The federal government declared Wednesday, June 12, a public holiday in Nigeria.

The day was announced as a work-free day to commemorate the 2024 Democracy Day in the West African nation.

Nigeria: List of public holidays Muslims will observe in June and July 2024
Some Islamic holidays are coming up in Nigeria. Photo credit: Majority World
Source: Getty Images earlier reported that apart from this general holiday in Nigeria, at least two occasions are lined up for followers of Islam in June and July.

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1) Eid el-Kabir 2024

Later this month (June), the federal government will declare at least two days as public holidays to mark the Eid el-Kabir celebration.

The ministry of interior will make the announcement.

Eid el-Kabir is a major festival recognised in Islam.

On Eid el-Kabir, Muslims demonstrate their obedience to Allah by sacrificing an animal (most prominently, a ram).

2) Muharram 1st

State governments like Kebbi, Sokoto, and Kwara state often declare the first day of Muharram - the new month of the Islamic calendar - as a public holiday.

Muslims are currently in the 1445 Hijri calendar. The month of Muharram 1446 (the new year) begins on July 7, 2024. Thus, some Nigerian states are expected to announce a public holiday to mark the start of the new religious year.

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If the day declared as a public holiday is not the actual day of the religious festival, the worker is allowed to take a day off on the actual day to perform the religious festival.

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Public holidays in June 2024

Earlier, noted the Nigerian government will declare public holidays for at least three days in June in celebration of two historical and religious events.

The public holidays will be in celebration of the June 12 Democracy Day celebration and the 2024 Eid-el-Kabir.

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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