When is Flag Day?
Flag Day (Azerbaijani: Dövlət Bayrağı Günü) is a national holiday in Azerbaijan. It is celebrated on 9 November each year. If 9 November falls on a weekend, then the following Monday will be a holiday.
The Azerbaijani Democratic Republic adopted the Azerbaijani tricolor as the national flag of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on 9 November 1918.
The flag was flown until 1920, when Azerbaijan became part of the Soviet Union. It wasn't until 1991, and the break up of the Soviet Union, that the Azerbaijani flag flew once again when the Supreme Council of the Azerbaijan Republic announced a tricolor flag with a star and a crescent as the national flag of Azerbaijan on 5 February 1991.
The state flag is a symbol of Azerbaijan's national sovereignty and to highlight its importance to Azerbaijan, on 17 November 2009, President Ilham Aliyev signed an order to declare 9 November as National Flag Day and a legal holiday.
To honour the flag, the National Flag Square in Baku was officially opened by President Ilham Aliyev on 1 September 2010.
Each year on 9 November, hundreds of people gather in the National Flag Square to watch a ceremony to raise Azerbaijan`s tricolor as the country marks National Flag Day. Confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records, the tricolor flies on the tallest flagpole in the world. The flag itself measures 70 meters high by 35 meters wide and weights 350 kg.
The flag of Azerbaijan consists of three equal horizontal bands of blue, red, and green. In the center red band, there is a white crescent and an eight-pointed star. Blue represents Azerbaijan's Turkic heritage, red symbolises progress, and green represents Islam. The flag was first used during the period of the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic and was re-adopted on February 5, 1991.
The design and dimensions of the flag are actually included in the constitution of Azerbaijan.
State flag of the Azerbaijan Republic consists of three horizontal stripes of same width. Upper stripe is blue, middle stripe is red, and the lower one is green; in the middle of red stripe on both sides of the flag white crescent with eight-pointed star are depicted. Width of the flag constitutes half of its length.
Article 23.II of the Constitution