Geologist Day Date in the current year: April 3, 2016

Geologist Day The first Sunday in April is traditional celebration of Geologist Day. This professional holiday was established in the Soviet Union in 1980, but after its collapse the tradition to celebrate Geologist Day wasn't forgotten. Nowadays it's a professional holiday of geologist in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Geologist Day was established under the initiative of a group of Soviet prominent geologists, headed by academician Alexander Yanshin. Discovery of deposits of the oil and gas West Siberian province in 1966 became the reason for creation of the holiday. The geologists applied to the government with their request, that was approved by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on March 31, 1966.

The date for the holiday was not chosen randomly. It marks the end of the winter and beginning of preparation for summer field work.

Geologist Day is traditionally celebrated by all geological and mining organizations. Other people, who are involved in relating to geology fields, also consider this holiday as their professional day.

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