Today is St Piran’s Day!
St Piran’s Day is held on 5th March every year and is a celebration of Saint Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall and tin mining.
According to legend, Saint Piran was cast from his homeland of Ireland on the order of the King who was suspicious of his miraculous powers.
Despite being tied to a millstone and facing stormy seas, he survived and washed up on the shores of Perranporth. There he built an oratory to spread the word of Christianity, with his first disciples being a badger, a fox and a bear.
He went on to accidentally discover tin. It is said that a black stone on his fire got so hot that white liquid leaked out, representing the first tin smelting – an industry that is heavily associated with Cornish industry.
Nowadays the people of Cornwall gather every year to celebrate their patron saint, who is thought to have lived to the grand old age of 206. Parades are held across the county, while many will make a pilgrimage to the oratory that has been preserved at Perran Sands.
This year there are parades in Truro, Falmouth, Penzance, Marazion, Bodmin and Launceston. On Sunday 8th March there is a big celebration in Perranporth, where the St Piran Play at Perran Sands is often a highlight.
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