Public Holidays in Azerbaijan 2024

Azerbaijan observes several public holidays throughout the year, each with its own cultural, historical, and religious significance. These holidays are celebrated with various traditions, ceremonies, and festivities, reflecting the rich heritage of the country. In this guide, we will explore the public holidays in Azerbaijan for the year 2024, providing detailed descriptions of each holiday along with information on the groups entitled to days off.

New Year (Yeni İl) – January 1, 2024

New Year’s Day, known as Yeni İl in Azerbaijani, marks the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. It is celebrated with parties, fireworks, and gatherings across Azerbaijan, as people come together to welcome the new year with hope and optimism.

Days off: New Year’s Day is a public holiday in Azerbaijan, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

International Women’s Day (Qadınlar Günü) – March 8, 2024

International Women’s Day, known as Qadınlar Günü in Azerbaijani, celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is a day to honor women’s rights, equality, and empowerment, with many events and initiatives aimed at raising awareness of gender issues and promoting gender equality.

Days off: International Women’s Day is a public holiday in Azerbaijan, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

Novruz Bayramı – March 20-21, 2024

Novruz Bayramı, also known as the Persian New Year, is a traditional holiday celebrated in Azerbaijan and other countries in the region. It marks the arrival of spring and the beginning of the new agricultural year. Novruz Bayramı is celebrated with various customs and rituals, including the preparation of traditional foods, the lighting of bonfires, and the performance of folk dances and music.

Days off: Novruz Bayramı is a public holiday in Azerbaijan, observed for several days, providing time off for government offices, businesses, and schools.

Victory Day (Qələbə Günü) – May 9, 2024

Victory Day, known as Qələbə Günü in Azerbaijani, commemorates the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in World War II. It is a day to honor the sacrifices of Azerbaijani soldiers and civilians during the war and to celebrate peace and freedom.

Days off: Victory Day is a public holiday in Azerbaijan, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

Republic Day (Respublika Günü) – May 28, 2024

Republic Day, known as Respublika Günü in Azerbaijani, commemorates the establishment of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918. It is a day to celebrate Azerbaijani independence and sovereignty, with patriotic events, flag-raising ceremonies, and cultural performances.

Days off: Republic Day is a public holiday in Azerbaijan, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

National Salvation Day (Milli Fəxr Günü) – June 15, 2024

National Salvation Day, known as Milli Fəxr Günü in Azerbaijani, commemorates the return of national leader Heydar Aliyev to power in 1993, following a period of political instability in Azerbaijan. It is a day to celebrate the restoration of stability and progress in the country, with ceremonies, parades, and cultural events held across Azerbaijan.

Days off: National Salvation Day is a public holiday in Azerbaijan, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

Armed Forces Day (Silahlı Qüvvələr Günü) – June 26, 2024

Armed Forces Day, known as Silahlı Qüvvələr Günü in Azerbaijani, celebrates the contributions and sacrifices of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in defending the nation’s sovereignty and security. It is a day to honor military personnel and veterans, with ceremonies, parades, and patriotic events held across the country.

Days off: Armed Forces Day is a public holiday in Azerbaijan, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

Gurban Bayramı (Eid al-Adha) – August 11-12, 2024

Gurban Bayramı, also known as Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, is an Islamic holiday commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. It is celebrated with prayers, feasting, and the distribution of meat to the poor and needy.

Days off: Gurban Bayramı is a public holiday in Azerbaijan, observed for several days, providing time off for government offices, businesses, and schools.

State Independence Day (Dövlət Müstəqillik Günü) – October 18, 2024

State Independence Day, known as Dövlət Müstəqillik Günü in Azerbaijani, commemorates the restoration of Azerbaijan’s independence in 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is a day to celebrate Azerbaijani sovereignty and national identity, with flag-raising ceremonies, cultural events, and fireworks displays held across the country.

Days off: State Independence Day is a public holiday in Azerbaijan, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

Constitution Day (Konstitusiya Günü) – November 12, 2024

Constitution Day, known as Konstitusiya Günü in Azerbaijani, commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of Azerbaijan in 1995. It is a day to reflect on the principles of democracy, rule of law, and human rights enshrined in the constitution, with educational programs, seminars, and discussions held to promote civic awareness and engagement.

Days off: Constitution Day is a public holiday in Azerbaijan, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

Table: Summary of Public Holidays in Azerbaijan 2024

Holiday Date Description Days Off for Groups
New Year January 1 Beginning of the Gregorian calendar year Nationwide
International Women’s Day March 8 Celebration of women’s achievements Nationwide
Novruz Bayramı March 20-21 Celebration of the Persian New Year Nationwide
Victory Day May 9 Commemoration of victory in World War II Nationwide
Republic Day May 28 Celebration of Azerbaijani independence Nationwide
National Salvation Day June 15 Celebration of the restoration of stability Nationwide
Armed Forces Day June 26 Celebration of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces Nationwide
Gurban Bayramı August 11-12 Islamic holiday commemorating the Feast of Sacrifice Nationwide
State Independence Day October 18 Celebration of Azerbaijani sovereignty Nationwide
Constitution Day November 12 Commemoration of the adoption of the constitution Nationwide

 

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