Calendar for 2000
Bayram Ramazan (End of Ramadan) 1
Day of Martyrs 2
International Women's Day
Gurban Bayrami 3
Novruz Bayrami (Festival of Spring)
Victory Day 4
Republic Day 5
National Salvation Day 6
Army Day 7
Music Day 8
National Independence Day 9
Constitution Day 10
Day of National Revival 11
Day of International Solidarity of Azerbaijanis 12
1 Marks the end of the
traditional Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan. Lunar calendar.
2 Commemorates victims
of Black January (1990) and the Karabakh War
3 Religious holiday commemorating
Abraham's sacrifice of his son, Ismayil. Lunar calendar.
4 Holiday from Soviet
period celebrating Soviet victory over Germans in World War II.
5 Founding of the Democratic
Republic of Azerbaijan (ADR), the nation's first independent
government (1918-1920). Most important national holiday.
6 When Parliament invited
Heydar Aliyev to Baku to lead the country (1993).
7 Commemorating the establishment
of Azerbaijan's first army under the independent government of
Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918).
8 Birthday of Uzeyir
Hajibeyov (1885-1948), composer and founder of the classical
music movement in Azerbaijan. Not an official holiday but annually
marks the opening of the Theater season. Hajibeyov's 115th Jubilee
will be commemorated in 2000.
9 When Azerbaijan declared
its independence from the Soviet Union (1991). The USSR officially
collapsed on December 7, 1991.
10 When the new Constitution,
Azerbaijan's fourth, was ratified by voters (1995).
11 When the first demonstrations
broke out in Azerbaijan against Moscow's policies as they related
to Nagorno - Karabakh (1988).
12 When Azerbaijanis broke
down the barriers (during the Soviet period in 1989) along the
border that separates them (North Azerbaijan) from (South Azerbaijan)
Iran. An estimated 25 million or more Azerbaijanis live in Iran
today. The holiday is intended to foster solidarity among Azerbaijanis
throughout the world.
(7.4) Winter 1999.
© Azerbaijan International 1999. All rights reserved.
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