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kernowclimber
2010-05-31 23:50:28
"Cornish and Irish celebrating St Piran" from kernowclimber Expand pics
Cornish and Irish celebrating St Piran (Expand pics)
A nyns yw an maw ma skav?!!
Ah, Mr Jackill, you are very quick and I am indeed rumbled!! I hail from across the Celtic Sea, from the land of the saints, Kernow (Cornwall). Legend has it that St Piran, our patron saint, arrived on the north Cornwall coast from Ireland on a millstone. He introduced Christianity to the pagan Cornish and taught them how to smelt tin ore (tin mining of course became of vital economic importance to Cornwall), founding an oratory in the towans (sand dunes) of the place that he was washed ashore. The Cornish mispronounced his name and so Kieran was mutated to Piran. The Parish of Perranzabuloe derives from the medieval Latin 'Perranus in Sabulo' (Piran in the sand) and belonged originally to the site of the oratory.

Each year on the Sunday nearest the 5th March, St Piran's Day is celebrated by thousands of Cornish who march through the towans of Perranzabuloe to watch a re-enactment of St Piran's coming to Kernow and the dawn of Christianity, brandishing the flag of St Piran, the white cross on a black background. This represents the black raw tin ore and the silver/white smelted metallic tin. A musical finale at the old oratory and the laying of bunches of daffodils at the Celtic cross concludes proceedings. It's always common to spot an Irish flag in the procession, in celebration of a shared Celtic heritage and culture.
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