AZERBAIJAN NATIONAL HOLIDAYS & TRADITIONS
Azerbaijan is a multinational country with many ancient traditions and holidays play a very significant role in citizen’s lives. Furthermore, when Azerbaijan obtained independence it established new series of memorable days and dates which became public holidays in the country. All the holidays in Azerbaijan can be divided into national, professional and religious ones.
The national holidays are official days-off in the country. They are as follows: New Year, International Women’s Day, Victory Day, Republic Day, National Salvation Day, Azerbaijan Armed Forces Day, and International Solidarity Day of Azerbaijanis. It should be noted that Independence Day of Azerbaijan, Constitution Day and National Revival Day though holidays are still working days.
Out of the many religious holidays in Azerbaijan, Kurban Bayram (a feast of sacrifice), Ramazan Bayram (a holiday after fasting), Novruz Bayram should be specially noted. Novruz is a holiday based on nature and ideas of renewal and fertility. It has been observed in Azerbaijan since ancient times, when its population followed Zoroastrianism. Religious holidays in Azerbaijan are public holidays and celebrated for several days. Novruz is officially celebrated from 21 to 24 March (as in the table above).
In addition to the holidays, Azerbaijan also observes other memorable days such as Martyrs’ Day, which is also a public holiday. Besides them, memorable days of special importance for Azerbaijan are: the Day of Youth in Azerbaijan, Day of Remembrance for Victims of Khojaly massacre, Day of Knowledge, and Day of Azerbaijani Oil.
Azerbaijan holidays are celebrated with relatives and friends. Public open air celebrations are held and fireworks are let off during the days of the national holidays.
Azerbaijan culture is close to its heritage and therefore prioritises its peoples traditions. It holds its centuries-old national traditions sacred. Many traditions of Azerbaijan are incarnated in hospitality, culture, folk beliefs, national clothes, national festivals and entertainment.
Azerbaijan traditions reflect the different elements and beliefs of various religions which have existed on its territory. Today many carefully preserved national traditions can be observed in a dramatised form during national feasts or events such as meeting guests of honour.
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