National Day: An Important Symbol Of Identity and Pride

The Celtic League has urged authorities in Cornwall to realise the value in national, cultural and economic terms of creating a St Piran’s Day National holiday.

Speaking to the Western Morning News the League Director of Information referred to National holidays in other Celtic countries such as the week long celebration around the Manx National (Tynwald) Day and the St Patrick Days events in Ireland.

Referring to a National Day he said:

“It is an important symbol of national identity and pride which is easy for me, as a Manxman, to understand,” he added.
“Initially there is the cost of paying for a public holiday but, as events grow up around the day, it should generate its own value and worth.

“Our Tynwald day encourages people back from overseas and Cornwall could also see a big economic spin off – the efforts to revitalise the language show that there is a huge reservoir of national pride there.”

The Celtic League has been an active and enthusiatic campaigner for recognition of a St Pirans Day holiday for several years.

See related link – Western Morning News – here:
https://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/news/St-Piran-s-Day-holiday-huge-boost-economy/a\rticle-3222421-detail/article.html

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League

15/02/11

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