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Holiday Calendar for 2002
January 1 New Year's Day
January 20 Day of Martyrs (1)
February 22 Gurban Bayrami (2)
March 8 International Women's Day
March 20-21 Novruz Bayrami (Festival of Spring)
May 9 Victory Day (3)
May 28 Republic Day (4)
June 15 National Salvation Day (5)
June 26 Army Day (6)
September 18 Music Day (7) 
October 18 National Independence Day (8)
November 12 Constitution Day (9)
November 17 Day of National Revival (10)
December 6 Bayram Ramazan (End of Ramadan) (11)
December 31 Day of International Solidarity of Azerbaijanis (12)

1 Commemorates victims of Black January (1990) and the Karabakh War (1988- ).

2 Religious holiday commemorating Abraham's sacrifice of his son, Ismayil. Lunar calendar.

3 Holiday from Soviet period celebrating Soviet victory over Germans in World War II.

4 Founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan (ADR), the nation's first independent government (1918-1920). Most important national holiday.

5 When Parliament invited Heydar Aliyev to Baku to lead the country (1993).

6 Commemorating the establishment of Azerbaijan's first army under the independent government of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918).

7 Birthday of Uzeyir Hajibeyov (1885-1948), composer and founder of the classical music movement in Azerbaijan. Not an official holiday but annually marks the opening of the Theater season.

8 When Azerbaijan declared its independence from the Soviet Union (1991). The USSR officially collapsed on December 7, 1991.

9 When the new Constitution, Azerbaijan's fourth, was ratified by the people (1995).

10 When the first demonstrations broke out in Azerbaijan against Moscow's policies as they related to Nagorno-Karabakh (1988).

11 Marks the end of the traditional Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan. Lunar calendar.

12 When Azerbaijanis broke down the barriers (during the Soviet period in 1989) along the border that separates them (North Azerbaijan) from (South Azerbaijan) Iran. An estimated 25 million or more Azerbaijanis live in Iran today. The holiday is intended to foster solidarity among Azerbaijanis throughout the world.

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