Soviet professional holiday Geologists Day
3 April 2016 is a 50-year anniversary of the Soviet professional holiday Geologists Day. The first Day of Geologist was celebrated in 1966. Since then, the first Sunday in April is the professional holiday for the most romantic profession – geologist. It was established by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 31 March 1966 in commemoration of Soviet geologists work in the creation of the mineral resource base of the country. The reason for the establishment was the opening of the first fields of the West Siberian oil and gas in 1966. It is believed that the time of the holiday – the first Sunday in April was chosen because mid-April is the start of most geological expeditions. So, the geologists had time for celebrating their professional holiday before they were sent to distant sparsely populated areas of the country for the summer, until late fall.
Geologists Day is also a professional holiday for hydrogeologists, engineering geologists, geophysicists and geochemists. It is grandly celebrated in all geological and mining organizations of the former Soviet Union. In addition to geologists it is considered the professional holiday for surveyor, blasters, drifters mines, and all those people who are engaged in the exploration and production of minerals, whose work is associated with a severe case of struggle with nature for its wealth.
The initiators of the appeal to establish a holiday were Soviet geologists headed by Academician AL Yanshin. The reason for the celebration was the opening in 1966 of the first fields of the West Siberian oil and gas province.
Professional holiday is fixed by decrees:
The Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet on March 31, 1966
The Presidium of the USSR № 3018-X from October 1, 1980 “On holidays and memorial days”
The Presidium of the USSR № 9724-XI from November 1, 1988 “On Amendments to the legislation of the USSR on holidays and memorial days”
RF President on July 31, 2013 № 659 “On the procedure of establishing the Russian Federation commemorative days and professional holidays”
Traditionally at this time geologists are awarded Papers of honor, money, badges. The Day of Geologist is celebrated in almost all geological and mining organizations of the former Soviet Union: Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine.