The 4th of December is a special day for Polish miners - it’s Barbórka (pronounce: Barboorkah) - name's day of their patron, St. Barbara.
Polish miners are probably one of the few professions that still strongly cultivate traditions. Today they don’t go underground to work. Instead they organise marches and huge celebrations called beer halls .
On Barbórka and other important days, like weddings, funerals, etc. miners wear a special uniforms consisting of a black suit, a hat with a plume and a small sword. The colour of plum depends on rank: black is for miners, white - mining engineers, green - chief director, red - member of orchestra, red and white for orchestra conductor.
Always interesting to view some of your traditions in Poland.Thanks, and have a special weekend, Gosia.ReplyDelete
Thanks Gosia. This is really interesting! Especially since I am just now learning about Saint Barbara from my favorite (American) Russian Orthodox nun, Dr. Barbara Larin (aka Sister Vassa). You can see her short video about the saint (Eastern European language subtitles are an option) on YouTube:ReplyDelete
Dina thanks a lot for sharing. It was definitely interestingDelete
I've never heard of miners dressing up like that. We need photos.ReplyDelete
Andrew read and look at my next postDelete
That's very interesting regarding the miners. What are their costumes like?ReplyDelete
Margaret I have wriiten about in the next postDelete
Very interesting! Never knew Poland is has somea lot of rich traditions like this. Thanks for always sharing.ReplyDelete