Birthday renowned ethnographer and traveler Nicholas Maclay, was the occasion for representatives of various ethnographic school year July 17 to celebrate the Day of the ethnographer. This professional relatively "young" holiday, with no official status, illumines the middle of summer, filled with discovery and refinement of the available data the broader found in expeditions.
Had the idea of celebrating the Day of the ethnographer RF Its was the first head of the Department of Anthropology and Ethnography of historical St. Petersburg State University. It is indisputable that the practice and ethnographic expeditions do saturated mid-July. Therefore, holiday, starting with 70-80 years of XX century, quickly gained popularity among specialists in this field and has acquired some personal traditions. Attributes celebration is not very diverse. However, to develop persistence and perseverance against the spread of the festival.
Each institution or expeditionary force has developed a series of rules of the celebration this year of the day, but overall are:
• feast with toasts in honor of Maclay and Rudolf Itzá;
• beginners initiation taking part in expeditions, or the neophytes, that is their second name.