Today is St David’s Day here is Wales!! Saint David’s Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1 March, the date of Saint David’s death in 589 AD.
David was a native of Wales, and a relatively large amount of information is known about his life. However, his birth date is uncertain: suggestions range from 462 to 512. He is traditionally believed to be the son of Saint Non and the grandson of Ceredig ap Cunedda, king of Ceredigion. The Welsh annals placed his death 569 years after the birth of Christ, but Phillimore’s dating revised this to 601.
His best-known miracle is said to have taken place when he was preaching in the middle of a large crowd at the Synod of Brefi: the village of Llanddewi Brefi stands on the spot where the ground on which he stood is reputed to have risen up to form a small hill. A white dove, which became his emblem, was seen settling on his shoulder. John Davies notes that one can scarcely “conceive of any miracle more superfluous” in that part of Wales than the creation of a new hill.
When I was younger (between the ages of 5-10) we were always made to wear the traditional welsh costumes to school on this particular day. I used to hate it but now I would do anything ANYTHING to rock up into work with a traditional costume, bonnet and all!!
On St David’s Day we also indulge in some welsh cakes and some nice warm cawl (broth for the rest of you) and being the melodramatic person that I am I always play a bit of Dafydd Iwan (Yma O Hyd is a belter). As you get older you tend to just stick to pinning a Daffodil or a Leek to your clothes.
As a native welsh speaker I always try my very best to speak welsh and only welsh on this amazing day!!! Us welsh are one of the most patriotic and every time you speak to a welsh person about Wales, we cannot help but smile. I love my little country and I cannot wait for us to step out of the shadows!!
Cymru am Byth!!!!