Azerbaijan’s traditions cover all the phases of life, from birth to death, plus annual holidays and other general practices. These traditions dictated how to meet guests, join families in marriage, spend free time, and how to present one’s self in society. Even though some traditions have been lost to time, and some are only practiced at large events or during holidays, Azerbaijani traditions are still important to people and their lives.
There are a variety of influences on Azerbaijan’s traditions. Several religions have long histories in Azerbaijan, including Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, both Sunni and Shi’a. Azerbaijan has also been influenced by the many merchants who passed through on the Silk Road, as well as the ever-changing waves of empires and conquerors.
The traditions in Azerbaijan make for an interesting trip, full of unique experiences and impressions of this rich country. Even if you don’t travel during a holiday or attend a celebration, Azerbaijan’s traditions can still be felt when traveling through the country.