Armed Forces Day in Azerbaijan in 2020

Armed Forces Day in Azerbaijan in 2020
The official military parade in 2013 on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the Armed Forces. Image by Presidential Press and Information Office
  How long until Armed Forces Day?
This holiday next takes place in 344 days.
  Dates of Armed Forces Day in Azerbaijan
2021Azerbaijan Mon, Jun 28National Holiday (in lieu)
2020Azerbaijan Fri, Jun 26National Holiday
2019Azerbaijan Wed, Jun 26National Holiday
2018Azerbaijan Tue, Jun 26National Holiday
2017Azerbaijan Tue, Jun 27National Holiday
  Summary
In 1918 a Muslim Corps was renamed to Detached Corps of Azerbaijan with the establishment of the Azerbaijan Republic
  Local name
Azərbaycan Respublikasının Silahlı Qüvvələri günü

When is Azerbaijan Armed Forces' Day?

Armed Forces' Day is a nonworking day observed in Azerbaijan on June 26th each year.

This day commemorates the establishment of the Armed Forces of modern Azerbaijan in 1918.

History of Azerbaijan Armed Forces' Day

In May 1918 Azerbaijan had declared its independence from the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic after the collapse of the Russian Empire, forming the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic.

To protect the new nation, on June 26th 1918, a Muslim Corps, established by a decision of the Special Transcaucasian Committee, was renamed to the Detached Corps of Azerbaijan.

The Military Ministry was established in August 1918, but the renaming of the soldiers is seen as the birth of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

When Azerbaijan became part of the Soviet Union in 1920, its armed forces were absorbed into the Soviet forces.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan were re-established according to the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan and this day was recognised when the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan passed a law "On the Establishment of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan".

In May 1998 according to Decree No. 707 issued by Heydar Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, June 26th was declared a non-working holiday, the Day of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan.

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