Slovenia 12 Dec 2013 13:38
Miners in Zasavje region in Slovenia celebrate their holiday on December 4, which is also St. Barbara's day. St. Barbara is miners' patron who keeps their health and safety. In Zagorje, the festival is held with small parade and a mass dedicated to coalminers later on. Zasavje was a region with over than 250 years of coal-mining tradition. The last production day was in the late spring this year. Coalminers were worried about their future at that time. Government gave a promise to evaluate possibilites of opening a new coal mine, but since than no progress was made. This photo story presents coalminers' days from their starting shift in the early morning, documenting the rough working conditions almost 300 meters deep and then finally their exit from the coal mine. The photos of exiting coalminers are actually their last shift. After more than half of year later coalminers gathered together to clebrate their history and never forgotten tradition.