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Russia marks Day of Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Day of Dictionaries and Encyclopedias was initiated by Society of Russian Philologists in 2010 at birthday of the author of the Explanatory Dictionary of the Living Great Russian Language Vladimir Dahl.
Outstanding dictionary maker, ethnographer and collector of Russian folklore Vladimir Dahl spent more than fifty years to write his Dictionary. Thanks to his multi-volume edition, which remains unrivaled work, thousands of dialect word forms unused in contemporary Russian language were fixed and preserved. The Dictionary was re-edited several times and is still a favorite book of Russian philologists and Russian language natives.
Various events aimed at raising general level of culture of using dictionaries and other reference literature are held in educational institutions, museums and libraries of Russia. Besides, schools, universities, libraries and bookstores in Russia conduct dictionary lessons, contests and quizzes as well as meetings with dictionary authors and other activities connected to usage of dictionaries.