Let’s celebrate with our children!

An event was also organized on May 25th for the young students of the Odlar Yurdu Education Center to mark the end of Sunday school year and to celebrate Azerbaijan Republic Day with the new generation of Azerbaijani in Houston. This event was the first step emphasizing the importance for children of keeping traditions alive and grow around them as a symbol of cultural unity.


The celebration started at the Azerbaijan Center with a speech from the teachers thanking the students and their parents for participating and supporting the education center. The children read Azerbaijani poetry and sang the national anthem and traditional Azerbaijani songs.

 The President of the Azerbaijan Center, Ms. Irada Akhoundova, thanked respectively the art, language and the acting classes’ teachers, Saida Hagverdi, Arifa Bixby and Shahira Aliyeva. All the students and teachers received a certificate and a gift as recognition of their participation.

 The event ended with a balloon release of the colors of the Azerbaijan flag.


96th Anniversary of Azerbaijan Republic Day


Every year for the past 96 years, Azerbaijanis around the globe observe May 28th as the national Republic Day in celebration of democracy in Azerbaijan.

A formal reception was held on May 28th at the Houston City Hall Rotunda venue, where Houston-Baku Sister City Association and Azerbaijan Center President Ms. Irada Akhoundova welcomed over 100 guests and outlined the recent activities of organizations. The event was attended by delegates of Houston-based consulates and city officials including co-host and Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez,
 the State Representative Gene Wu, Members of the Houston Consular Corps including Consul General of Turkey Bahri Batu, Consul General of Greece Georgios Papanikolaou, Consul General of Hungary Phillip Aronoff, Consul General of Pakistan Afzaal Mahmood, Consul General of Russia Alexander Zakharov, Consul General of Colombia Miguel Lopez, Consul General of Italy Fabrizio Nava, Consul General of the Republic of Korea Suk-Bum Park, Vice Consul of the Consulate of Brazil Marcelo Amoroso, Representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Natig Bakhishov,
Members of the Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs, Mr. Harry Gee, President of Sister Cities of Houston.
In addition to our guests we also had esteemed representatives from the congressional offices of Congressmen Ted Poe and Steve Stockman, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and Texas Senator Rodney Ellis. 
Also present were representatives of Houston’s business, cultural, educational, non-profit communities and many Azerbaijanis living in Houston.

Executive Director of Houston Parks Board, Ms. Roksan Okan-Vick introduced the guests to the new U.S.-Azerbaijan Friendship Park & Bridge project in cooperation with Houston and Baku, Azerbaijan.

Speeches were delivered by several officials of the City of Houston and the State of Texas, emphasizing Azerbaijan’s rapid economic advancement and the importance of fostering and maintaining strong relations between the U.S. and Azerbaijan.  Also, numerous proclamations recognizing the Republic Day of Azerbaijan were presented by the officials to Ms. Akhoundova, including a Proclamation by Mayor Annise Parker declaring the 28th of May as Azerbaijan Republic Day in Houston presented by Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez.

The speeches were followed by a delightful performance by Jade and Jonathan Nakamura, two young students of the Odlar Yurdu education center, reciting a poem called “My Azerbaijan”, written by the Azerbaijani poet Samed Vurgun.

The celebration was concluded with a taste of traditional Azerbaijani hospitality providing an opportunity for the guests to connect and share their appreciation for Azerbaijan.


Special thanks to our hosts and sponsors:

*Please see below for publications regarding May 28th celebration in Houston in Azerbaijani:

News Day.az – Hyustonda 28 may “Azərbaycanın Respublika Günü” elan edilib

 Texasın Hyuston səhərində 28 may “Azərbaycanın Respublika Günü” elan edilmisdir

SIA Azeri Publication – Hyustonda Respublika Gününü qeyd etmislər