Every year, December 31 is celebrated as the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis.
The Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis plays an effective role in building relations between Azerbaijanis dispersed across the world and in the process of creating unity and solidarity among them. The celebration of this day has already turned into a moral necessity for Azerbaijanis in more than 70 countries worldwide. Azerbaijanis living on both sides of the River Aras had already shown the world their being of the same national identity when they on the last days of the collapse of the USSR marched to the border between the two totalitarian states (USSR and Iran) and tore down the barbed wire, calling for unity day and night. The Day of Solidarity is symbolic of this ambition of unity.
The foundation of the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis was laid in Nakhchivan late in December 1989, when USSR-Iran borders were knocked down. On December 16, 1991, Chairman of Supreme Assembly of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Heydar Aliyev, taking into account the importance of the world Azerbaijanis’ uniting, declared December 31 as the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis.
Later, in 1992, the Azerbaijani Parliament officially declared December 31 as state holiday – the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis.