• Ros Edwards

Spotlight on St. Piran's Day

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

St Piran’s Day Is a true herald of spring here and the national day of Cornwall.

5th March.


Happy St Piran’s Day - Gool Peran Lowen!

  • St Piran is Cornwall’s own patron saint of miners, legend says that he struck a stone, it broke and liquid tin came forth, the Cornish black flag with white cross symbolises this. It is also said to represent good overcoming evil.

  • There will be celebrations throughout Cornwall on and around March 5th

  • St Piran is believed to have lived for 200 years. He was fond of a drink and met his end falling down a well.

  • St Piran was born in Ireland in the 6th Century but fled the country to escape from the Irish kings who felt threatened by his miraculous powers. He floated across the sea to Cornwall, where it is thought he was washed ashore at Penhale Sands near Perranporth.

  • He built a small oratory to mark the spot of his arrival, which, today, is at the heart of the St Piran’s Day celebrations in the area.

Why not join in and celebrate along with the Cornish?

  • Attend a St Piran’s Day parade. Throughout Cornwall on March 5th, cities and towns will host elaborate St Piran’s parades.

  • Some of the most well-known are held in Penzance and in Truro.

  • Sing along with the Trelawny Shout. At 9 pm on St Piran’s Day, in pubs throughout Cornwall, those celebrating participate in what’s known as a Trelawny Shout. This is a large bar sing-along, featuring popular local Cornish bar songs, including the Cornish anthem: “The Song of the Western Men.”

  • The streets will be filled with fun, frivolities and festivities and this time, the celebrations will include a mix of street entertainment, a special parade, Cornish markets, children dancing, classic cars and much more.


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