State officials send best wishes to miners on St. Barbara's day
On the occasion of St. Barbara’s Day, Barbórka, the Day of Miners in Poland, Poland's top officials sent their good wishes to miners in all regions of Poland.
In his good wishes published on his official website, Polish President Andrzej Duda thanked miners for their work and pointed out the importance of the mining industry and referred to the miner's strikes of the 1980s against the communist authorities in Poland.
"Congratulations on the successes in your tough, risky, and indispensable work. It is also thanks to you (miners - PAP) that the national economy recorded an increase," said the president, adding that Poland has unique natural resources, and it is only due to the work of miners that these resources are extracted and benefit all Poles.
Best wishes were expressed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki who wrote on Twitter that the Barborka has a great tradition and is a special and unique holiday because St. Barbara is the patron saint of miners. The PM also passed on his best wishes and wrote of his great respect for the work of miners.
Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elżbieta Witek wished miners "happiness and the protection of Saint Barbara."
Barborka, the local name for the feast day of St. Barbara is officially celebrated in Poland on December 4. The celebrations usually start at the end of November in the Upper Silesia region, south-western Poland, before expanding to other regions of the country.