Faceted Glass Day
Faceted Glass Day

Faceted Glass Day

September 11 in Russia is the Day of the faceted glass. It was on this day in 1943 that the first faceted glass of the design familiar to everyone, probably created by one of the most famous Soviet artists, came off the assembly line.

There are many wonderful and necessary things in the world,
And when we have had to make a decision…
How many dusty and difficult paths have fallen
On the road called “life”…

And when we had to make a decision
On the road, he’s often been there for us…
He’s made it easier for all of us to accept adversity
And he became a symbol of time…

How much tea we drank in the wagons of the night
With stubborn iron horses…
We rode with him to the sound of horses
And we were warm in the coach…

And when we were building the Baikal-Amur Mainline, passing through the virgin land,
And when we built the Baikal-Amur Mainline, we drank from it,
And when we built the Baikal-Amur Mainline..,
Though it was hard for all of us…

We celebrated with him the flag of our victories
And Gagarin’s first flight,
We saw our friends off on their long journey,
When the plane rushed into the sky…

And with him at times we changed the divine plan..,
When he’s been through so much…
So let’s fill up the glass
He has served us faithfully *…

*According to legend, the first faceted glass in the Russian Empire was produced by Vladimir glassblower Efim Smolin. He presented it to Peter the First as unbreakable. The emperor was delighted: the glass did not roll when it fell, which means that it fell less often from the table. It was practical and good for the Army and Navy. To test his strength, Peter threw the glass to the ground with all his might. The glass crashed, but despite this the king was pleased.


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