Solidarity Day of the World Azerbaijanis is marked today.
The foundation of the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis was laid in Nakhchivan late in December 1989, when the USSR-Iran borders were knocked down.
On December 16, 1991, Chairman of the 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.
Thus, December 31 has been celebrated as the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis.
The holiday was officially celebrated for the first time at the state level in 1992 by order of the President of Azerbaijan, Abulfaz Elchibey.
Since then, December 31 has been celebrated as the Day of Solidarity of Azerbaijanis of the World.
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.