Day Of The Workers In The Energy Sector

In Turkmenistan, the second Saturday in September is observed as the Day of the Workers in the Energy Sector. Also known as the Day of Energy Industry Workers, this day was established to honor the work done by employees in the gas, geological, oil, and energy sectors of the country.

Even though over 70% of this country is desert and it is officially the least visited country in the world, Turkmenistan sits on a vast reserve of natural gas and oil. The country exports over $5.3 billion in petroleum gas, over $350 million in crude petroleum, and over $220 million in refined petroleum.

Needless to say, the energy sector is very important to this country, and that is the primary reason this holiday is observed every year.

The History of the Day of the Workers in the Energy Sector

Unfortunately, we are unable to uncover who created this day. Although it is quite obvious why this day was created, it is unclear who invented it or when it was invented. We will continue to try to find out this holiday’s origin, but we do not think that we are going to be able to discover it. We do believe that it was created by Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in 2007, but we have been unable to verify that fact.

Some Key Facts About Turkmenistan

Okay, everyone who is ready to learn more about Turkmenistan can check out the following facts below. We uncovered these facts while we were doing research for this holiday and think that they provide a nice primer for people who may not be familiar with this country’s history, culture, or people. Let’s take a peek at them before continuing with our discussion on the Day of the Workers in the Energy Sector.

  • Turkmenistan is a landlocked country that was created when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
  • Before it became its own country, it was part of the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic — a satellite republic of the USSR.
  • Turkmenistan is home to the Darvaza Crater, also known as the Door to Hell.
  • The Door to Hell is a natural gas field that has been burning for over five decades.

Observing the Day of the Workers in the Energy Sector

This day might be a way for the people of Turkmenistan to celebrate workers in the country’s energy sector, but few people actually celebrate it. It is not a day during which people have the day off or make a special effort to hold celebratory events.

People can use the hashtag #DayofWorkersInTheEnergySector to spread the word about this holiday, but that is not likely to be done by residents of the country because Turkmen is the official language of the country, not English.

Where is it celebrated?
Turkmenistan (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
September 14 Saturday
Next year (2025)
September 13 Saturday
Last year (2023)
September 9 Saturday