Hooray it’s almost St Piran’s Day! (Cornish: Gool Peran) is the national day of all people in Cornwall, celebrated March 5th each year. The day is named after one of the patron saints of Cornwall, Saint Piran, who is also the patron saint of tin miners.
- Why not kick off the fun a day early on March 4th with the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project? Pasties derived from generation-old recipes are favored by many, and this competition invites entries from around the world to a test of taste, style and crimping.
- St Piran’s Day parades will take place all around Cornwall. The nearest to us is the Redruth St Piran’s Day Festival from 11am – 3pm (with street entertainment, live music, town trails and a craft fair)- it’s the perfect day to showcase true, original Cornish Culture.
- The Royal Cornwall Museum is offering FREE entry on St Piran’s Day so visitors can enjoy learning about the facts and mystery surrounding Saint Piran himself.
- Finally, don’t forget to lend your voice alongside hundreds of others – 9pm on the dot March 5th in pubs across Cornwall – as the second ever ‘Trelawney Shout’ takes place. A hundred pubs, a thousand voices, one song, one hour. What better way to celebrate the strength of our amazing communities (not to mention tipping our hats to Cornwall’s patron saint) than to take part in a mass singing of the Cornish anthem, or The Song of the Western Men, to give it its proper name? Penned by Robert Stephen Hawker in 1824, the song continues to bind us today.
Happy St Piran’s Day!