Public Holidays in Azerbaijan
Nestled at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Azerbaijan boasts a vibrant tapestry of public holidays, each reflecting the nation's rich history and diverse culture. Here are some of the unique celebrations that hold a special place in the hearts of Azerbaijani people:
- Novruz Bayram (March 20-21): Novruz, the Azerbaijani New Year, is a joyous festival that welcomes the arrival of spring. Families jump over bonfires, decorate eggs, and indulge in traditional sweets.
- International Women's Day (March 8): While celebrated globally, Azerbaijan adds its own touch by honoring women's contributions to society. Men often present flowers and gifts to the women in their lives.
- National Salvation Day (June 15): This holiday marks the return of Heydar Aliyev, a prominent Azerbaijani leader, to power in 1993. It's a day to reflect on the nation's progress and achievements.
- State Independence Day (October 18): Celebrating Azerbaijan's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, this holiday features parades, fireworks, and cultural events.
- National Revival Day (November 17): A day to honor those who played vital roles in Azerbaijan's rebirth and independence during the early 20th century.
- Constitution Day (November 12): Commemorating the adoption of Azerbaijan's constitution in 1995, this day involves discussions about the nation's legal framework and governance.
- National Flag Day (November 9): Celebrating Azerbaijan's tricolor flag, this holiday is a display of patriotism with flag-raising ceremonies and parades.
- Gurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha): This Islamic holiday is observed with prayers, feasts, and the sacrifice of livestock to help those in need.
- Republic Day (May 28): Marking the establishment of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918, this day celebrates the nation's early taste of independence.
Azerbaijan's public holidays are a window into its cultural diversity and historical significance. These celebrations unite the nation, fostering a sense of identity and pride that defines this captivating country.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|World Azerbaijanis Solidarity Day||December 31||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day Holiday||January 02||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|Martyrs' Day / National Mourning Day||January 20||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Martyrs' Day / National Mourning Day Holiday||January 22||Monday||Public Holiday|
|International Women's Day||March 08||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Novruz / Spring Festival||March 20||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Novruz / Spring Festival Holiday||March 21||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Novruz / Spring Festival Holiday||March 22||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Novruz / Spring Festival Holiday||March 23||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Novruz / Spring Festival Holiday||March 24||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr (Ramadan)||April 10||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr (Ramadan) Holiday||April 11||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Day of Victory over fascism||May 09||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Independence Day / Republic Day||May 28||Tuesday||Public Holiday|