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St. Barbara´s Day „Barbórka” in Upper Silesia

ZTL PP PoligrodzianieSt. Barbara´s cult was already present in Upper Silesia in the era of ory, older than the era of coal. On 4th December senior loaders („ślepr”) were usually promoted to the position of getters during a festive ceremony (the so called „foreman´s appointment”). The  candidate´s apprenticeship and training lasted between 2 and 7 years. The  list of those to be promoted was designed long before that celebration. The  names were put forward by the head miner to the manager of the mine. On 4th December all miners put on traditional clothing, gathered in the mine´s site and, accompanied by their own band, went to church to attend a mass. Newly appointed getters had an additional button sewn on the collar of their uniform and had a sash tied around their waists. The  ceremony usually finished off with a meal. Women were not allowed to take part in it.

ZTL PP Poligrodzianie A miner´s wife was not allowed to enter her spouse´s workplace. Legend had it that if a woman was to work in a mine, she would give birth to disabled children. Once girls working in a mine have got married, they stopped working there. Our performance is therefore divided in two parts: the Barbórka´s part and the part showing various dances and songs from the region of Upper Silesia with clothing typical of the region of Rozbarsk and Bytom.

Dance folklore from the region of Upper Silesia is characterized by a diversity of forms:

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Our performance lasts about 20 minutes.