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Encyclopedia > St Piran's Day
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St Piran's Day is the national day of the people of Cornwall, held on 5 March every year. The day is named after one of the patron saints of Cornwall, Saint Piran. Image File history File links Flag_of_Cornwall. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Cornwall. ... Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county in South West England on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... Saint Quentin is the patron saint of locksmiths and is also invoked against coughs and sneezes. ... For the coastal town and a municipality in southwestern Slovenia please see Piran (Italian Pirano) Saint Piran or Perran is the patron saint of tin-miners. ...

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Origins

St Piran's Day started as one of the many tinners' holidays observed by the tin miners of Cornwall. Other miners' holidays of a similar nature include Picrous Day and Chewidden Thursday. There is little description of specific traditions associated with this day. However, many observers noted the large consumption of alchohol 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 alchohol. General Name, Symbol, Number tin, Sn, 50 Chemical series poor metals Group, Period, Block 14, 5, p Appearance silvery lustrous gray Atomic mass 118. ... Ruin of Cornish tin mine Mining in Cornwall has existed from the days of Stone Age man and mining in Cornwall dates back to between 1000 and 2000 B.C. when Cornwall is thought to have been visited by metal traders from the eastern Mediterranean. ... Picrous Day was a festival celebrated by the tin miners of Cornwall on the 2nd Thursday before Christmas. ... Chewidden Thursday (also known as White Thursday, Chewidden Day or Jew-whidn) was a festival celebrated by the tin miners of West Cornwall on the last clear Thursday (I.E. at least 1 week before) Christmas. ... A bagpipe band from Mid Argyll walk along Market Jew Street The Golowan Festival is held in Penzance during June each year. ... Penzance Harbour and surrounding area as seen from the air Penzances old docks with Abbey Slip and St Marys Church behind Penzance (Cornish: Pensans) is a civil parish and port town in the Penwith district of Cornwall, England, UK. Granted various Royal Charters from 1512 onwards and incorporated... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Alcohol (disambiguation). ...


Modern celebrations

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 not unlike 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. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... The Celtic Revival, also known as the Irish Literary Revival, was begun by Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn and William Butler Yeats in Ireland in 1896. ... The 1950s was the decade spanning from the 1st of January, 1950 to the 31st of December, 1959. ... The 21st century is the present century of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Saint Pirans Flag Saint Pirans Flag is regarded as the national flag of Cornwall and an emblem of the Cornish people. ...


See also

Chewidden Thursday (also known as White Thursday, Chewidden Day or Jew-whidn) was a festival celebrated by the tin miners of West Cornwall on the last clear Thursday (I.E. at least 1 week before) Christmas. ... Picrous Day was a festival celebrated by the tin miners of Cornwall on the 2nd Thursday before Christmas. ...

External links

  • St Piran's events 2006
  • St Piran's Day on the BBC
  • Photos of St Piran's day
  • Celtic Cornwall

 
 

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