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 commemorate the work done by employees of the gas, geological, oil and energy sectors in the country.
Even though over 70% of this country is desert and it’s officially the least visited country in the world, Turkmenistan is sitting on a huge reserve of natural gas and oil. This 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, that means that the energy sector is very important to this country and that’s the primary reason this holiday is observed every year.
The History Of Day of the Workers In The Energy Sector
Unfortunately, we’re unable to uncover who created this day. Although it’s quite obvious why this day was created, it’s unclear who invented it or when it was invented. We’ll continue to try to find out this holiday’s origin, but we don’t think that we’re going to be able to discover it. We do believe that it was created by Turkmenistan President Gurganguly Berdimuhamedov in 2007, but we’ve 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 the below facts while we were doing research for this holiday and think that it provides 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 land-locked country that was created when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
- Before it became its own country, it was a part of the Turkmen Soviet Socialists Republic — a satellite republic of the USSR.
- Turkmenistan is home to the Darwaza Crater, also known as Hell’s Gate.
- Hell’s Gate is made of natural gas that’s been burning for over 5-decades.
Observing 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’s 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’s not going to be done by residents of the country because Turkmen Turkish is the official language of the country, not English.