St Piran’s Day

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St Piran's Cross

St Piran’s Cross

Although St Piran’s Day may not be until March 5th, some towns are kicking off the celebrations early. And for those who don’t know who St Piran is, let me explain.

Whether he was Cornish, Irish or Welsh is disputed. What is known is that at least for a couple of hundred years he has been regarded as the patron saint of Cornwall. Some public authorities give their employees a holiday on that day and it has been suggested as a public holiday.

Whatever the origins and reasons for his appeal, today there are a lot of celebrations not only on the 5th of March but in the week or so leading up to it. And Visit Cornwall has used the celebration to launched video  called A Cornish Jukebox cextolling the benefits of visiting the county – as though many people need telling in the first place. What people probably need reminding is that – despite the floods and their impact – Cornwall is ready for as many of us to visit it now as would want to go.

The first of the events starts on St David’s Day – March 1st – when there is the St Piran’s Festival in Redruth and which is probably the biggest event that will take place during the entire period.  The procession in St Ives will also take place that day. On Sunday in Perranporth, the legends or story about the Celtic saint will be re-told on the sand dunes there where he supposedly built a chapel.

On the actual day – the 5th – there are parades in Bodmin, Falmouth, Launceston, Marazion and Truro and celebrations in many other places.

But perhaps the most appealing is a marriage with another well-known Cornish icon. At New quay Zoo there will be the annual Cornish pasty throwing competition on the 5th. The prize if you win? Yes, you’ve guessed it; pasties.

The celebrations each year get bigger and bigger. But maybe this year they are much more important reminding us that Cornwall is so worthwhile to visit.

 

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