Wales’ Day


 Cardiff, by TGE

A synthesis of literature by Tamara Guirao, CAAC Coordinator

First of March is the day chosen to commemorate the death of Saint David (Dewi Saint), patron saint of Wales. As mentioned by the Wikipedia, “He was a scion of the royal house of Ceredigion, and founded a Celtic monastic community at Glyn Rhosyn (The Vale of Roses) on the western headland of Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro), at the spot where St David’s Cathedral stands today. David’s fame as a teacher and ascetic spread throughout the Celtic world. His foundation at Glyn Rhosin became an important Christian shrine, and the most important centre in Wales.”

Announcing spring, “the National St David’s Day Parade sends a red and yellow carnival across the centre of Cardiff, featuring all sorts of fiery performances from giant dragons and theatrical groups, not to mention star turns from the likes of Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey”, as highlighted by Visit Wales. 

Funny and to be verified, the leek is supposedly worn on this day since St. David suggested to the Welsh who put it in their clothes to differentiate from Saxons. Other legends say that the leek is used since time immemorial to commemorate a battle against the Saxons, in which they wore leeks in their hats. Daffodil also has its place in the celebrations.

Are you Welsh? How do you celebrate Saint David?

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