Azerbaijan: Flower Power Struggles to Revive

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attends Flower Day celebrations on May 10, 2013, dedicated to the 90th birthday anniversary of his late father and predecessor, ex-president Heydar Aliyev. According to some estimates, the Azeri government spent about $117 million on the holiday from 2004 to 2013. (Photo: Azerbaijani Presidential Press Service)

For over a decade, Azerbaijan celebrated the birthday of former president Heydar Aliyev with a holiday called Flower Day. Elaborate floral displays were featured in public parks across the country, especially in Baku.

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Durna Safarova is a freelance journalist who covers Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan: Flower Power Struggles to Revive

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