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Chemist's Day is a professional holiday for workers in the chemical industry and related fields. In 2023, the celebration falls on May 28, unites industry workers, the scientific sphere, everyone who is passionate about the study of matter, its elements and transformations on various scales.

When and who celebrates

Important! The celebration of Chemist's Day is officially assigned to the last Sunday in May.

However, there are unofficial celebrations associated with professional dates. So for example:

    • Chemist's Day at St. Petersburg University is celebrated in early April.
    • Scientists and students celebrate January 31, the birthday of D.I.Mendeleev.
    • In areas where there are large enterprises of the chemical industry, industry professionals are honored on City Day.

    There is not a single sphere of life where there would be no achievements in the field of chemistry. The production of mineral fertilizers, household chemicals, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, components for the food and textile industries, the automotive industry, and the production of polymeric materials are based on a variety of chemical processes.

    The holiday unites:

    • teachers and graduates of specialized educational institutions,
    • production workers,design bureaus of the petrochemical complex,
    • representatives of other professions who are engaged in research in the field of ecology, medicine, conduct various examinations.

    History of the holiday

    The chemical industry developed rapidly in the 60s of the last century. The demands of agriculture and the defense sector contributed to the strengthening of the industry in the country's economy.

    Professional celebration workers of industries and companies celebrated at first in small groups. The holidays rallied the employees, honored the leaders at the celebrations, thanked the employees for their conscientious work.

    The initiators of their own Chemist's Day were students of St. Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, University. Young people, with the support of teachers, started the tradition of honoring chemists in 1960.

    Interestingly, Moscow State University students combined the Day of Chemist and Physics on the second weekend of May. The university has its own tradition of linking festive events with elements from the periodic table.

    The idea of youth and the practice of professional celebrations were supported at the state level. By decree of the Government of the USSR in 1965, the Chemist's Day was established, which was included in the list of official holidays and memorable dates.

    In 1980, a new edition of the document appeared, in which the annual celebration was set on the last Sunday of May. After the collapse of the USSR, the tradition of the holiday was preserved in many states, the former republics of the Soviet Union.

    Holiday traditions

    On the Daychemists at enterprises and industries hold solemn events at which the best employees are honored, awards, prizes, memorable gifts are presented. The Russian Union of Chemists annually organizes conferences, exhibitions of industry achievements, exchange of experience to strengthen business ties in the areas of high technology, modernize chemical production.

    Leaders at all levels emphasize a sense of professional pride in industry workers. There are wishes for labor success and achievements, warmth and comfort in families.

    In Moscow and large cities, labor collectives often gather for celebrations in the best theaters, concert halls, where after the end of the official part, a performance or performances by creative groups follows.

    In universities, students prepare creative performances, arrange skits, go outdoors in good weather.

    Evening feasts on Chemist's Day gather friends, families of workers in the chemical industry. Warm words addressed to each other support the festive mood, professional unity.

    Interesting facts

    In the field of chemistry, there are many interesting facts that reveal incredible facets of substances, phenomena, events:

    • canaries are released to detect gas leaks - birds are sensitive to the presence of methane;
    • 100 million hydrogen atoms are 1 cm long;
    • walls of a soap bubble represent the thinnest matter visible to the human eye;
    • iron turns into gas at 5000°C;
    • mercury melts whenroom temperature;
    • the presence of protein in the composition is characteristic of any living organism;
    • water (H2O) in its pure form cannot be found in nature;
    • granite recognized as the best conductor of sound;
    • about 100 thousand chemical reactions occur in the human brain per second.

    On Chemist's Day, specialized universities hold meetings with future applicants to talk about the amazing and useful science that unites professional researchers.

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