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Teachers’ Day in Russia

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Aigul Minabutdinova

Sat, 05 Oct 2019 10:47 GMT

The word ‘teacher’ is very precious for each of us, capturing as we utter it, our childhood and youth, our first steps to knowledge, the first word we read and the joy of our early successes.

World Teachers’ Day is a bright and special day, because for each of us, a teacher, like a guiding star, leads us from our first school days through to the complex yet fascinating realm of knowledge. 

Any discovery in the world begins with a teacher, it is hard to imagine what life would be on earth if there were no teachers.

In October, Russia celebrates, as do other countries, one of its most important holidays: Teachers’ Day.

From 1965 to 1993, Teachers’ Day in Russia was celebrated on the first Sunday of October. Since 1994, the celebration has been moved to October 5th.

This holiday is not a day off for anyone, even teachers go to work if October 5th falls on a working day. But in some schools in honour of the day, lessons can be shortened.

How is Teachers’ Day celebrated?

Pupils and their parents congratulate teachers on the occasion of their special day, and wish them health and success in their work, giving them bunches of flowers and gifts. The schools host festive celebrations, performances by creative groups with songs and dancing. There are exhibitions of work by pupils and posters of schoolwork line the walls. In some schools, a day of self-government is organised, and students give the lessons.

Outstanding teachers receive diplomas and awards from the school or the state.

As reported by the Russian news agency TASS, about 2.5 million Russian teachers and school staff will celebrate Teachers’ Day this year. 

The Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva congratulated all teachers on the occasion of the holiday, wishing them patience and forbearance in their work. 

The overall winner of the competition ‘Teacher of the Year’ in Russia announced on Friday October 4th, was Larisa Arachashvili, a Russian language teacher from Volgograd.