Midsummer’s Day is the church feast of St John The Baptist, an important day in Penzance’s calendar as St John is the town’s Patron Saint – the ancient name ‘Pen Sans’ meaning ‘Holy Head’ refers to him, and images of the head of St John can be spotted on buildings throughout Penzance.
It has always been an occasion for wild celebration, with processions with torches, running, costumed parades and dancing etc. Other traditional elements included the unruly election of a Mock Mayor, and Penglaz.
Many traditional rituals are still very much part of the festival of “Golowan” – Cornish for “The Feast of John”. Revived in 1991, the celebration expanded year after year to a full-scale arts and community festival, attracting thousands of visitors to Penzance. Other Cornish towns have also delved into their own traditions and revived festivals of their own. As for local people, it is now part of their culture, and for the children it is as special as Christmas. The festivities involve everyone from the oldest to the youngest, and include various events, held in the long period surrounding June 24.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Association name: Friends of Golowan (FOG)
Address: Golowan Festival Office, The Barbican, Battery Road, town of Penzance, TR18 4EF, Cornwall
Tel.: +441736369686, +447518603955
pictures © http://www.golowan.org