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    Celebrating Builders’ Day: A Tradition of Unity and Excellence in Poland

    Builders’ Day, an annual celebration with roots stretching back to pre-war times, holds a special place in the hearts of Poland’s construction industry professionals. This year, on September 25th, the nation commemorates the invaluable contributions of those who have shaped its cities and landscapes through their dedication and craftsmanship.

    Builders’ Day’s longevity is a testament to the enduring commitment of the people within the construction sector. For decades, they have come together to honour their craft and maintain a positive image of builders both at home and abroad. 

    Traditionally, Builders’ Day celebrations were closely tied to government authorities. The Minister of Construction played a central role, determining the date (usually the last Sunday of September) and actively participating in the festivities. These events were an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the industry, honour outstanding workers, bestow awards and decorations, and deliver inspiring speeches. However, after political changes swept through the country, the nature of these celebrations evolved, leading to more sector-specific events on different dates.

    In 2013, recognizing the need for unity and a shared platform to showcase the technical and technological prowess of the Polish construction industry to the world, most construction organizations decided to centralize Builders’ Day celebrations. The driving force behind this centralization was the Trade Union Budowlani, an organization tracing its roots back to the 19th century. 

    A significant part of Builders’ Day is dedicated to honouring individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry. This recognition underscores the importance of their work and encourages others to strive for excellence. The event also includes an artistic program that complements a banquet, creating a vibrant and celebratory atmosphere.

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