Teacher's Day Date in the current year: October 2, 2016

Teacher's Day In some former Soviet republics, Teacher's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in October. This professional holiday was officially established in 1965 by the presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union.

In the USSR, Teacher's Day was observed on the first Sunday of October. It was one of the most widely celebrated professional holidays. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, many former Soviet republics continued to celebrate it. However, eventually some governments decided to move the celebration to October 5, UNESCO's World Teacher's Day.

As of 2015, among the countries that still celebrate Teacher's Day on the first Sunday in October are Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Latvia. The actual celebrations at schools are typically held on the Friday before the holiday. Teacher's Day is marked with concerts, gatherings and other festive events and activities. In some schools, high schoolers teach classes to younger students, giving teachers an opportunity to rest.

It is customary to congratulate teachers with presents, such as flowers, chocolate, greeting cards etc. On Sunday, teachers usually celebrate their professional holiday with their colleagues or family, either at home or in fancy restaurants.

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