Friday, 5 March 2010
st piran's day
Now, I know what you're thinking - especially those who know me well - what's a heathen like me doing spending his time explaining obscure Saints' Days?*
St Piran was the Patron Saint of Cornish Tin miners. On the 5th March each year, they would take the day off and get really drunk to celebrate his special day. That's the sort of saint I'm interested in. If only as a child these sort of wondrous characters were brought to life by telling me stories of debauchery and drunkenness then I might have not strayed so far away from the righteous path. Or I might not have bunked off from Sunday School and hidden in that tree . . . another story for another time, perhaps. Perhaps I wouldn't have ended up living amongst Catholics - not that I have a problem with that. They're the ones with the problem (me).