Originally from Sebastea in modern-day Armenia, St Blaise lived around 1,700 years ago. Because of his name’s similarity to the English word blaze many parts of Britain lit bonfires on his feast day. St Blaise was also a philosopher and doctor, and was famous for his ability to heal people.
One of the main features of St Blaise Feast in St Blazey is a procession that includes a giant illuminated lantern in the shape of a ram (a reference to St Blaise being the patron saint of the wool industry). This ram is accompanied by musicians and local people, and ends in the local church. A special church service is held, which includes the “blessing of throats”. Afterwards, everyone moves to the town's football club, where a community celebration is held.