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15 August, Saturday

Take pride in your waving flag – Happy National Flag Day, Azerbaijan!!!

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Back in 1918, 7 months after the establishment of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic the flag of independent Azerbaijan was adopted by the former government that founded the first independent Republic of Azerbaijan. The first design of the flag that represented the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan consisted of a white crescent and eight-pointed star with a red background on a silk fabric, which was replicating the Turkish flag as part of the national unity. Six months later, on the same day, the cabinet of ministers adopted the change to the constitution for replacement of the colours of the flag, which then became three-coloured – blue, red and green, and more like reflecting symbols of modern Turkic, Islamic and democratic ideologies in the first secular and democratic Islamic country in the Caucasus. 

The National Flag Day in Azerbaijan has solemnly been celebrated in Azerbaijan since the decree of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on the 9th November 2009. The National Flag day of Azerbaijan then was adopted in law and declared as non-working day in the country. Every year over hundred thousands of Azerbaijani nationals celebrate this holiday in a parade with flags in hands taking to the streets of the capital city, towns and even overseas. When reciting the words of the National Leader Mammad Amin Rasulzade – ‘The flag once raised, will never fall!’ -it fills eyes of many, who take pride in waving flag. Happy National Flag Day, Azerbaijan!!!  

Elnur Enveroglu

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