Railway Day (07/08)

The day of the railwayman, celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August in a number of countries — of the former republics of the Soviet Union, dates back to the 19th century. In the life of every country, railways always play a special role. They were and remain the main transport army connecting the cities together.

This professional holiday of workers in this industry was established in tsarist Russia back in 1896 and was dedicated to the birthday of Emperor Nicholas I, who began the construction of railways. During his reign, the first pleasure railway to Tsarskoye Selo, the first All-Russian highway from St. Petersburg to Moscow, was built. The day of the railwayman in those years, until 1917, was celebrated on June 25 ( in the old style ).

After the October Revolution of 1917, the holiday was forgotten for almost twenty years. The tradition of honoring railway workers revived in the USSR only in 1936. By a government decree of July 28, 1936, the day of the professional holiday of railway workers was established on July 30. Later, his celebration was postponed until the first Sunday of August.

Traditionally, various solemn and festive events for all railway workers have been timed to this day, when their professional merits and achievements of the industry are especially noted.

Now this professional holiday can rightfully be called international and congratulate everyone who is involved in railway business in Russia, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan. In other countries — former Soviet republics — Days of railway workers are set to other dates.

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