Novruz in Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Novruz Bayramę) is a traditional holiday, which celebrates the New Year, and the coming of spring in Azerbaijan Republic and Iranian Azerbaijan. When North Azerbaijan was part of the Soviet Union, celebration of Novruz was generally unofficial, and at times even prohibited. Currently in Azerbaijan, Novruz is treated as an official public holiday. In accordance with Article 105 of the Labour Code of Azerbaijan passed in 2006, workers receive five days off for Novruz. After neighbouring Iran, Azerbaijan hosts the longest observance and amount of public days related to Novruz, with thus a total (including weekend) of 7 days.