Soviet professional holiday Geologists Day
3 April 2016 is a 50-year anniversary of the Soviet professional holiday Geologists Day.
First celebrated in 1966, the Day of Geologist is on the first Sunday in April. It 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. In fact, the reason for the establishment was the opening of the first fields of the West Siberian oil and gas in 1966. Chosen on the first Sunday in April, because it is the start of most geological expeditions, and in order the geologists could have time for celebrating their professional holiday. Then, they leave for distant sparsely populated areas of the country for the summer, until late fall.