Winter 2001 (9.4)
|| New Year's
|| Day of
Bayrami (Festival of Spring)
Salvation Day 5
|| Army Day
Independence Day 8
|| Day of
National Revival 10
Ramazan (End of Ramadan) 11
|| Day of
International Solidarity of
Photo: ISR Plaza in Baku on National Independence
Day, October 18, 2001.
1 Commemorates the victims
of the tragic events of Black January (1990), when Soviet troops
attacked Azerbaijani civilians in Baku, and the Karabakh War
2 Religious holiday commemorating Abraham's sacrifice of his
son, Ismayil. Moveable date based on the lunar calendar.
3 Holiday from Soviet period celebrating Soviet victory over
Germans in World War II.
4 Founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan (ADR), the
nation's first independent government (1918-1920). Considered
the most important national holiday.
5 When Parliament invited Heydar Aliyev to come to Baku to lead
the country (1993).
6 Commemorating the establishment of Azerbaijan's first army
under the independent government of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic
7 Birthday of Uzeyir Hajibeyov (1885-1948), composer and founder
of the composed classical music movement in Azerbaijan. Not an
official holiday but annually marks the opening of the Theater
8 When Azerbaijan declared its independence from the Soviet Union
(1991). The USSR officially collapsed on December 7, 1991.
9 When the new Constitution, Azerbaijan's fourth, was ratified
10 When the first demonstrations broke out in Azerbaijan against
Moscow's policies as they related to Nagorno-Karabakh (1988).
11 Marks the end of the traditional Muslim month of fasting,
Ramadan. Lunar calendar.
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 25-30 million Azerbaijanis
live in Iran today. This holiday is intended to foster solidarity
among Azerbaijanis throughout the world.
(9.4) Winter 2001.
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