Public holidays in Azerbaijan

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Holiday in Azerbaijani village, 1930s. Work by Azim Azimzade Picture of Azimzade.jpg
Holiday in Azerbaijani village, 1930s. Work by Azim Azimzade

There are several public holidays in Azerbaijan. Holidays were regulated in the constitution of Azerbaijan SSR for the first time on 19 May 1921. [1]



Non-working days

Non-working days in Azerbaijan include the following:

DateEnglish nameLocal nameRemarks
January 1–2 New Year's Day Yeni il2 days
January 20 Martyrs' Day Qara YanvarCommemorates Black January (1990) when Soviet troops entered Baku and killed more than 130 civilians. [2] Also victims of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are remembered.[ citation needed ]
March 8 International Women's Day Qadınlar günü1 day
March 20–24Spring Festival Novruz 5 days
May 9 Victory Day over FascismFaşizm üzərində qələbə günüIn honor of victory of the USSR over Nazi Germany during World War II.
May 28 Republic Day Respublika günüFounding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan (1918).
June 15 National Salvation Day Azərbaycan xalqının Milli Qurtuluş günüParliament invited Heydar Aliyev to Baku to lead the country (1993).
June 26 Azerbaijan Armed Forces Day Azərbaycan Respublikasının Silahlı Qüvvələri günü
November 9 Flag Day Dövlet Bayragi günüCommemorates the adoption of the Flag of Azerbaijan on November 9, 1918, [3] which was officially established on November 9, 2009, as the State Flag Day. [4]
December 31 International Solidarity Day of Azerbaijanis Dünya Azerbaycanlilarin Hemreyliyi günüInspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the nationalist Popular Front of Azerbaijan called for and lead the removal of borders between Soviet Azerbaijan and Iran on December 31, 1989. This has since been celebrated by Azeris around the world as the International Solidarity Day of Azerbaijanis. [5]
Changes due to the Islamic lunar calendar Eid al-Fitr Ramazan Bayrami2 days
Changes due to the Islamic lunar calendar Eid al-Adha Qurban Bayrami2 days

Other observances

National days in Azerbaijan that are working days follows:

Religious days

Only the holidays of Ramadan and Qurban remain as non-working religious days in Azerbaijan as the country is highly secular and irreligious. [9] [10] The religious population of the country, mainly in Nardaran and a number of other villages and regions celebrate the Day of Ashura, a Shia mourning day in the Islamic calendar. Religious minorities of the country – mainly Orthodox Christians and Jews - also celebrate notable religious days of their faith. [11] Despite the fact that the holiday Novruz takes its roots from the religion of Zoroastrianism, almost all Azerbaijanis celebrates it as a holiday of spring.

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  11. Azerbaijan's Udin ethnic minority celebrates Easter.