Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Happy St Pirans Day!

Today is a day for celebration in Cornwall (Kernow) as we celebrate St Piran's day!
St Piran's Day (Cornish: Gool Peran) is held on 5 March every year and is named after one of the patron saints of Cornwall, Saint Piran, who is also the patron saint of tin miners.

Piran is the most famous Saint to have come to Cornwall from Ireland. Legend has it that he was tied to a mill-stone in Ireland which was rolled over the edge of a cliff into a stormy sea. The sea became calm and he floated safely over the water and landed on the beach at Perranporth.

It has been said that Saint Piran rediscovered tin-smelting when he lit a fire on his black hearthstone and the tin smelted out of it and rising to the top in the form of a white cross. This became the image of St Piran's flag - now regarded as the Cornish flag, black with a white cross although there are several accounts of the flags origin!

There are events all over Cornwall to celebrate St Pirans day, the main event is a march across the dunes near Kernowcraft to St Piran's cross with participants flying the Cornish flag followed by celebrations in Perranporth with live Cornish music, ale and pasties!

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