The first Sunday in April is the Day of the Russian Geologis (professional holiday)
The geologist's day is a professional holiday of geologists, hydrogeologists, geological engineers, geophysicists, geochemists, geoecologists and other geological professions.
Since 1966 this holiday has traditionally been celebrated in the USSR, and continues to be celebrated in some countries of the former USSR, on the first Sunday of April.
History The holiday was established by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of March 31, 1966, in commemoration of the merits of Soviet geologists in the creation of the country's mineral and raw materials base. The holiday falls on the 1st Sunday of the spring month of April, which is connected with the beginning of preparation for summer work and expedition fees.
The initiators of the appeal for the creation of the holiday were Soviet geologists headed by Academician AL Yanshin. The occasion for the holiday was the opening in 1966 of the first deposits of the West Siberian oil and gas province.
Professional holiday is fixed by Decrees:
Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of March 31, 1966 Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR No. 3018-X of October 1, 1980 "On Festive and Memorable Days" Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR No. 9724-XI of November 1, 1988 "On Amending the Legislation of the USSR on Festive and Memorable Days" President of the Russian Federation of July 31, 2013 No. 659 "On the procedure for establishing memorable days and professional holidays in the Russian Federation"
In 2016, the 50th anniversary of the celebration of the Day of the Geologist was celebrated.
Festive events The time of celebration - the first Sunday in April - was chosen because the end of winter marks the beginning of preparation for summer fieldwork and expeditions.
Traditionally, at this time, geologists reward distinguished employees, hold festive events.
In addition to geologists, he is considered his professional holiday:
Surveyors Geophysics Explosives Geomorphologists Mine drifters Search engines and miners of minerals Physical geographers Geomechanics
Where celebrate the holiday The geologist's day is celebrated in virtually all geological and mining organizations of the former Soviet Union: