Independence Day in Azerbaijan

National Holidays in Azerbaijan National Holiday in Azerbaijan

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When is Independence Day in Azerbaijan?

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Dates of Independence Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Sunday October 18th
2019 Friday October 18th
2018 Thursday October 18th
2017 Wednesday October 18th
2016 Tuesday October 18th
1 Day
Local Name
Istiqlaliyyət günü
Adoption of the declaration of independence on 18 Oct 1991

Independence Day (Azerbaijani: Istiqlaliyyət günü) is a national holiday in Azerbaijan, though it is not one of the official non-working days. It may also be known as 'State Sovereignty Day'.

It is celebrated on 18 October.

History of Independence Day in Azerbaijan

This day is essentially the second of two independence days celebrated in Azerbaijan. The first is Republic day which marks the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan on 28 May 1918. This republic only lasted two years before Azerbaijan became part of the Soviet Union.

In 1991, perestroika (social and economic reform) had swept across the Soviet Union leading to many of the countries to declare their independence from the USSR.

On 30 August 1991, Azerbaijan made clear its intention to become an independent nation once again when the Declaration on the State Independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan was adopted by Parliament.

On 18 October 1991 the constitutional act "On the State Independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan" was approved and adopted by the Supreme Council of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The act of independence was affirmed by a nationwide referendum on 29 December 1991, when the Soviet Union officially ceased to exist.

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