March 05, 2013


Happy St Pirans Day!!

Cornish and proud!

what is St Pirans Day all about?~ well originally it was  started as one of the many tinners' holidays observed by the tin miners of Cornwall. 
There is little description of specific traditions associated with this day apart from the consumption of large amounts of alcohol and food during 'Perrantide'. The day following the St Piran's Day was known by many as 'Mazey Day', a term which has now been adopted by the revived Golowan festival in Penzance. The phrase 'drunk as a perraner' was used in 19th century Cornwall to describe people who had consumed large quantities of alcohol

 The modern observance of St Piran's day as a national symbol of the people of Cornwall started in the late 19th and early 20th century when Celtic revivalists sought to provide the people of Cornwall with a national day similar to those observed in other nations. Since the 1950s, the celebration has become increasingly observed and since the start of the 21st century almost every Cornish community holds some sort of celebration to mark the event. Saint Piran's Flag is also seen flying throughout Cornwall on this day.

Each Year, St Pirans story is retold in a drama on the dunes of Perranporths 'lost church' on the Sunday closest to March 5th. 

Cornwall has a rich history steeped in mysteries and legends ~ it attracts many artists and I believe this is because not only the inspirational landscapes but because of the soul this country has.  You ask why I put country ... well throughout the mediaeval and early modern periods, the inhabitants of Cornwall were generally agreed - both by themselves and by their English neighbours - to be a distinctive people or 'race'.  We had our own language, military and ships ~ rich in tin, copper, clay and fish (of course!) 

The Cornish were gradually 'absorbed into the mainstream of English life' between 1485 and 1700 ~
you can read more about it HERE

 I'm celebrating with my family with a Cornish delicacy ~  Oggies !! (Pasties!!)

The photography is by one of my favourite Cornish photographers Matt Facey who captures the soul of what my Cornwall is about.  Its not all about the beaches, there is something rather special, sometimes dark and mysterious about Cornwall and maybe thats why it inspires me so much.

Timeline for historical events in Cornwall

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Photography of Matthew Facey Website


1 comment:

  1. Beautiful country...thanks for sharing.


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