The residents at Belmont celebrated the Cornish day of St Pirans day!
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. The miners of Breage and Germoe observed St Piran’s feast day as that of their patron saint until at least 1764.
“St. Piran’s Day was said to be a favourite with the tinners who having a tradition that some secrets regarding the manufacture of tin were communicated to their ancestors by that saint, they leave the manufacture to shift for itself for that day, and keep it as a holiday. There is little description of specific traditions associated with this day apart from the consumption of large amounts of alcohol and food during ‘Perrantide’, the week leading up to 5 March. 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 alcohol.
We did not celebrate by consuming large quantities of alcohol, (although a cheeky beer and wine may have been consumed in the name of Cornish Celebrations!) but we did have a sing-along of Cornish folk songs, we sang Trelawny, white rose, g’oin up Camborne hill, Lamorna and many more!
Family members joined in and sang their heart out with the residents and some became very emotional as it brought back some treasured memories that had not been visited in a while. It was a very powerful activity and was well received by the residents and staff at Belmont. M
The home was decorated in Cornish flags and because of the varying levels of diagnosis of dementia that some of our residents have, it is not always easy for them to manage large crowds of people due to the feeling of being overwhelmed, however, fear not! We got into the parade spirit by waving flags in the home listening to Folk music and the Flora Dance, we decorated cupcakes with St Piran flags and enjoyed them with a cream tea, after a traditional Cornish Pasty of course!!!
The residents of Belmont, staff and family had a great day, and it is certainly one to be remembered!
Gool Peran Lowen. (happy St Pirans Day!)