What will you be doing this March 1st? Celebrated Dydd Gwyl Dewi (Saint David’s Day)? Although not a national holiday in Wales, Dydd Gwyl Dewi is a very important celebration to the Welsh nation, and has been celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th century. The day falls on Saint David’s death, back in 589AD.
So who was Saint David? Born in Caerfai in south West Wales, he reportedly founded a Celtic monastry community at Glyn Rhosyn in Pembrokshire, where St David’s Cathedral stands today. This foundation became an important Celtic shrine, and he also helped found another 12 monastries. Of course during this era, written history is quite sparce, but it is reported that David travelled widely, and was well known for performing miracles. One such, raising the ground in Llanddewi Brefi during a sermon so that all around him could hear. Could it be true?
In modern times, St David’s Day heralds the celebration of the Welsh – out come the daffodils, leaks, Welsh recipes and of course, those great Welsh costumes. In most cities and town you’ll find an event to celebrate the day, as well as many parades and dancing. Visit our events section and see what is on in your local area.