On March 5th, the people of Cornwall celebrate St. Piran’s day, the national day of people in Cornwall. You may have heard the term ‘as drunk as a pirraner’ to describe someone who has drunk one too many. It’s safe to say St. Piran’s day is a jolly good excuse for a big celebration – our brand new Cornish Collaborations sharing boxes would make perfect party gifts or treats!
But who is St. Piran?
Here are a couple of things you may not know about the patron saint:
He was actually an Irish abbot who accidentally floated all the way to Cornwall after being thrown overboard by heathen Irishmen.
Well story goes that he discovered tin quite by accident when a black stone on his fire leaked a white liquid, causing a cross to appear on the black stone. Yes, that’s why the Cornish flag, the flag of St Piran, is black with a white cross. It represents the white tin flowing from the rock, or good overcoming evil.
St. Piran’s day celebration ideas:
Perranporth: don your black and white clothes and join the procession across the dunes to place daffodils at St. Piran’s Cross.
Falmouth: come and watch local school children perform the traditional ‘Furry’ dance, parading through the streets of the lovely town.
Truro: the Royal Cornwall Museum offers free entry on St. Piran’s day so you can go and brush up on all of your Cornish history!