Railroad Workers' Day in Ukraine Date in the current year: November 4, 2016

Railroad Workers' Day in Ukraine Railroad Workers' Day is an official professional holiday in Ukraine. It was established by President Leonid Kravchuk in 1993. Originally, the Day of Railroad Workers was celebrated on the first Sunday in August, but in 2002 the date was moved to November 4.

The tradition of celebrating Railroad Workers' Day was first established in the Russian Empire in the late 19th century. During the Soviet era, all republics of the USSR celebrated the holiday on the first Sunday in August. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine continued to celebrate Railroad Workers' Day in August.

In 2002, the general director of Ukrainian Railways proposed to move the celebration on November 4. This date was chosen because the first train arrived in the city of Lviv from Vienna on November 4, 1861. At that time, Lviv was situated in Austria-Hungary, but historically it is a Ukrainian city. President Leonid Kuchma supported the initiative, and Railroad Workers' Day has been celebrated on November 4 ever since.

On Railroad Workers' Day, all employees of Ukrainian Railways are congratulated by their seniors and government officials. Some of them receive special awards and prizes for their hard work, dedication and achievements.

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