STATE FLAG DAY

The three-colour national flag of Azerbaijan was accepted by the government of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan on November 9, 1918. After the collapse of the Democratic Republic on April 28, 1920, and the establishment of the Soviet regime this flag was relinquished in Azerbaijan. 

Yet the flag was restored by the order of the Supreme Mejlis of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and was declared the national flag of the Autonomous Republic on November 17, 1990. At the same time, the Supreme Mejlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic petitioned to the Supreme Council of the Azerbaijan SSR for recognition of the three-colour flag the national flag of Azerbaijan.

The Supreme Council of the Azerbaijan Republic considered the petition of the Supreme Mejlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and approved the three-colour flag the national flag of the Azerbaijan Republic on February 5, 1991.

The national flag of the Azerbaijan Republic consists of three equal strips. The upper strip is of blue colour, the middle-of red, the lower is green. The blue strip designates the Turkish origin of the Azerbaijan Republic, the red colour-its intention to create a modern state and develop the democracy, the green strip-its relation to the Islam civilization. In the middle of the red stripe on both sides of the flag, there is a white-colour crescent and an eight-point star. The relation between the width and the length of the flag is 1 to 2.

On November 17, 2009, President Ilham Aliyev signed an order on celebrating November 9 every year as the State Flag Day in Azerbaijan. This flag, which is the memory of the People’s Republic of Azerbaijan, was adopted on November 9, 1918, in the sitting of the Government of the People’s Republic. According to the order, November 9 every year is celebrated as the State Flag Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on establishing the State Flag Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan After the Republic of Azerbaijan restored independence, the State Flag of Azerbaijan has become one of the sacred attributes of statehood to all citizens of our country as the symbol of national sovereignty. As the memory of the People’s Republic of Azerbaijan, this flag demonstrates our devotion to the idea of liberty, national and moral values and universal ideals.

The State Flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan was adopted in the sitting of the Government of the People’s Republic of Azerbaijan and possessed the public status till April 1920. That flag was approved as the State Flag of the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan in the session held on November 17, 1990, at the initiative and under the leadership of Chairman of the Supreme Assembly of the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan, national leader Heydar Aliyev. On February 5, 1991, the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Azerbaijan designated the flag as the State Flag, adopting Law ‘On the State Flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan’.

With the Constitutional Act ‘On state independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan’ of October 18, 1991, the Republic of Azerbaijan restored the state attributes, including the State Flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan as its legacy. Adoption of Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan ‘On the rules for the use of the State Flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan’ on June 8, 2004, improved the legislative source in this field.

The State Flag is raised on the buildings of public agencies and diplomatic representations of our republic, personifies the national unity in influential ceremonies, assemblies, large-scale public-political meetings, cultural events and sports contests. Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan ‘On creation of the State Flag Square in Baku City, the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan’ of November 17, 2007, determines the special place of the State Flag among the state attributes.

Taking into consideration that the State Flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan was for the first time adopted on November 9, 1918, to assure respect and honour to the state attributes of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I decide:

1. November 9 every year shall be celebrated as the State Flag Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

2. The Cabinet of the Republic of Azerbaijan shall solve issues related to this order.

Ilham Aliyev,

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Baku, November 17, 2009.
 
The State Flag Day is a day off.