Metallurgist Day (17/07)

Every year on the third Sunday of July, people of a courageous profession - metallurgists - celebrate their holiday. Metallurgist Day was established on September 28, 1957 by a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. So the Soviet government noted the important contribution and merits of the domestic metallurgy during the Great Patriotic War, as well as during the recovery of the country's economy in the post-war years.

Metallurgist's Day confirmed its status in 1980 and in 1988, when the Supreme Council issued repeated decrees on the celebration of the professional holiday. It remained in the calendar even after the collapse of the USSR - and not only in Russia, but also in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

Today this day is celebrated by representatives of various professions, each of which is somehow connected with ferrous or non-ferrous metallurgy: blast furnace workers, steelworkers, rolling workers, foundry workers, blacksmiths and many others. Miners who mine ore, a necessary component for the production of metal, also consider this holiday to be their own.

Some of these professions have been around for centuries. Archaeological finds show that man learned to process metal as early as the fifth or sixth millennium BC. Even in the ancient world, there was an idea of three ages of mankind - stone, bronze and iron - which once again emphasizes the importance of metals for the development of society, and also speaks of the ancient history of metallurgical art.

Today Metallurgist's Day is celebrated - and this is not an exaggeration - by hundreds of thousands of people in Russia and abroad. As a rule, on this day in cities where metallurgical or mining and processing plants operate, grandiose holidays are held. Employees of enterprises march along the main streets, participate in various sports and cultural events, attend concerts and solemn ceremonies. The Day of the Metallurgist is often timed to present awards to especially distinguished workers.