The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began on May 27, is likely to come to an end at sundown on Saturday, June 24, or Sunday, June 25 (depending on the moon). During this time, operations in Azerbaijan will come to a virtual standstill as Muslims gather to pray and celebrate with family and friends in observation of Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan. While practices vary by area, Eid al-Fitr celebrations are likely to have an impact on many businesses and services (including administrative services) that will close or significantly reduce their hours of operation beginning on Saturday or Sunday evening; similar disruptions could continue into the following days. As this period is typically marked by increased travel, heavy road traffic along with other transportation disruptions (crowded airports, etc.) is to be anticipated.
Additionally, due to a Formula 1 race being held in the capital Baku June 23-25, associated traffic disruptions are to be expected in the city.
Eid al-Fitr celebrates the conclusion of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting and remains one of the most important dates on the Muslim calendar. Generally speaking, the month of Ramadan is historically marred by a significant increase in terrorist threats and as such there is a potential for attacks to be carried out during Eid celebrations.
Individuals in Azerbaijan are advised to allow for additional travel time, to remain vigilant, and to avoid large public gatherings.