Railwayman's Day (07/08)

Railway Day, celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August in a number of countries - the former republics of the Soviet Union, traces its history back to the 19th century. Railways always play a special role in the life of every country. They were and remain the main transport artery linking the cities together.

This professional holiday for workers in this industry was established in Tsarist Russia as early as 1896 and was timed to coincide with the birthday of Emperor Nicholas I, who began the construction of railways. During his reign, the first pleasure railway was built to Tsarskoe Selo, the first all-Russian highway from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Railwayman's Day in those years, until 1917, was celebrated on June 25 (according to the old style).

After the October Revolution of 1917, the holiday was forgotten for almost twenty years. The tradition of honoring railway workers was 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 moved to the first Sunday of August.

Traditionally, various solemn and celebratory events are timed to coincide with this day for all employees of railway transport, 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 connected with the railway business in Russia, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan. In other countries - the former Soviet republics - the Days of Railway Workers are set for other dates.