St. Barbara’s day celebrations at PeBeKa

St. Barbara’s day celebrations at PeBeKa

Published 27 November 2008

There were the less formal meetings, that is the beer tavern and the women’s haunch. On Wednesday October 26th the PeBeKa S.A. Mine Building Company has officially celebrated the miner’s holiday during the traditional St. Barbara’s day ceremony at the “Muza” Community Center.
St. Barbara’s (patron of miners) day celebrations in December are traditionally an opportunity for meetings of the miners’ fraternity and people related to the circle, festive academies and mine orchestra concerts, as well as recaps and awarding the outstanding workers. PeBeKa S.A. Mine Building Company has commenced St. Barbara’s day festivities in the middle of November, organizing the beer feast for the mining fraternity and invited guests, as well as the company-affiliated women (the popular women’s haunch). The ladies celebrated Western style, in a genuine saloon, where they competed in many tasks, including shooting water pistols at candles or searching for gold nuggets.
On Wednesday November 26th the official part of St. Barbara’s day festivities took part. At 12.30 AM at the Lubin “Muza” Community Center, one of two festive academies planned for the day took place. It was an academy for jubilarians and pensioners, who ended their company careers this year.
- First we have met the workers, who have gone to retirement or are celebrating an anniversary of employment – says Ryszard Janeczek, president of PeBeKa S.A. Mine Building Company. – This was an opportunity to thank them for their commitment and fruitful work for the firm.
Right after this small meeting, this time in the main hall, all current PeBeKa employees, including participants of the preceding event, as well as invited guests – with delegates from local authorities and KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., met. An important note at every year’s St. Barbara’s day academy is a recap of the passed year and firm activity as well as distinguishing the persons who have done the most for PeBeKa. During the ceremony five miners were given the “Reczpospolita’s miner’s merit” badges, four were given the “KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. merit” badges, and as many as twenty five persons (including three women) were acknowledged as meritorious PeBeKa employees. It was also an opportunity to award honorary miner degrees: mining directors and mining engineers of the IInd and IIIrd degrees.
Another distinction awarded on St. Barbara’s day are the honorary miner degrees. Based on a government ordinance on mine worker privileges, distinguished employees of PeBeKa S.A. were given the mining engineer IInd degree (eight men), or mining engineer IIIrd degree (two women and thirteen men).
A special distinction for the miners’ fraternity is the miner’s sword. Awarded by the government, it is the most prized honorary award given after at least 25 years of exemplary mining work. It is an old tradition dating back to the Middle Ages. Arms were a symbol of freedom and nobility at that time. Granting the sword is considered a symbol of nobility gained not by birth, but through solid learning and work. On this year’s academy twenty of the most distinguished PeBeKa employees were given the sword.
- We will certainly not forget about those special persons, the mothers whose sons work as miners. We know what a great sacrifice is the upbringing of three sons who have chosen this hard trade. This is why this year, just like every other, we would like to thank the mothers for their hard work put into the parenting of our miners’ fraternity – states Ryszard Janeczek.

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