St Piran’s Day is coming up on the 5th of March; but what exactly is it? Put simply it’s the national Day for People in Cornwall, named after a Cornish patron saint who was also the patron saint of tin miners. Tin miners liked a national day and had a few of them, but St Piran’s Day seems to have stuck.
Being a hard working bunch, our miners really revelled in the opportunity to let their hair down. That’s why in days gone by, the entire week prior to the 5th of March involved scoffing and quaffing a huge amount of food and alcohol which sounds like our kind of celebration! This week was known as Perrantide, which explains a popular 19th Century Cornish phrase; ‘as drunk as a perraner’.
St Piran’s day was observed until at least 1764… then we don’t know what happened for a bit but then in the late 19th and early 20th century, Celtic revivalists put St Piran’s Day back on the calendar.
Today, lots of Cornish communities hold celebrations to mark St Piran’s Day and this year is going to be the best yet here in Crantock!!!
Here at The Bowgie Inn, we’re taking part in the Trelawny Shout to celebrate St Piran’s Day and to raise money for Cornwall Foundation.
What’s the Trelawny Shout we hear you cry? Let us explain:
Basically – you know when everyone in the pub joins in a good old sing song? Well, in Cornwall we call that pub singalong ‘a shout’. But the Trelawny Shout is bigger and better than any pub shout you’ve ever before been involved in before.
Because we’re joining hundreds of pubs across Cornwall at 9pm on Sunday 5th March to take part in a mass singing of the Cornish Anthem ‘Trelawny’. We’ll be LIVE streaming the event on our Facebook page!
We’re donating the proceeds from sales of yummy Cornish Pasties and pints of St Austell Brewery’s Trelawny Ale to The Cornwall Foundation. So dress in yellow and black, paint a St Piran’s flag on your face and raise a glass to St Piran and all things Cornish to help us raise money for a worthwhile charity.
See you on the 5th March!