International Programmers Day is an annual observance held on September 13th of this year. The programmers develop all the software and digital devices we use. Why not a day for the programmers who work to bring positive changes to enhance our everyday lives? International Programmers Day is celebrated to honour and show our gratitude to the programmers.
“You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It’s logic-based creativity.” – John Romero
History of International Programmers Day
The International Programmers Day was first celebrated in the year 2009. Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov of Parallel Technologies proposed the day in 2007. In early 2002, they tried to gather signatures for a petition to the Russian government to recognize the day as the Day of the Programmer official. The Russia Ministry of Communications and Mass Media on July 24, 2009, had issued a draft of an executive order. It marked the new professional holiday, Day of the Programmer. The Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev had signed the decree on September 11, 2009.
The proclamation mentioned the 256th day of the year is the celebration. It is usually September 13, or September 12 in leap years. The number 256 is chosen as it is the number of distinct values that are represented by an eight-bit byte (28). It is a value well-known to the programmers. The number 256 is the highest power of two. 256 is less than 365, the number of days in an ordinary year.
Other Celebrations on September 13
September 13 is also celebrated as
- National Peanut Day
- Roald Dahl Day
- National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day
- National Defy Superstition Day
- Positive Thinking Day
- National Hug Your Boss Day
How to Celebrate International Programmers Day
Celebrating International Programmers Day is very simple. Celebrate the programmers and honour them for their valuable work. Appreciate their incredible work with which are enjoying every digital thing. Post and share your Programmers Day celebrations on social media using the hashtag #InternationalProgrammersDay.