In the present day marks some of the essential dates within the Welsh calendar: Saint David’s Day. A day devoted to celebrating the patron Saint of Wales, it’s typically marked by the colourful visuals of yellow daffodils, inexperienced leeks, and conventional gown.
Happening on March 1 to mark the anniversary of the saint’s demise, again in 589 AD, there are tonnes of the way to get entangled with the cultural celebration this 12 months.
As writer and broadcaster, Charles Williams. explains, “normally, St David’s Day is a day of parades, concert events and eisteddfodau (festivals of music, language and tradition). Flags are flown. The nationwide anthem is sung with additional fervour. Youngsters go to highschool in conventional Welsh gown, and everybody (nicely, virtually…) proudly pins a daffodil or leek to their lapel.”
However why? What makes today so particular? And the way did it even get began?
Properly, in response to numerous consultants, St David was a big determine within the sixth century Welsh Age of Saints, being a founding father of many non secular communities, and the one native-born patron saint of the international locations of Britain and Eire. Sadly, St David died on 1 March – St David’s Day – again in 589. He was subsequently canonised by Pope Callixtus within the twelfth century, and thus folks have celebrated St David’s Day ever since.
There a wide range of methods to get entangled with the celebrations this 12 months, irrespective of whether or not or not you are dwelling or away, however listed below are just some;
Get busy within the kitchen:
Why not make your self some do-it-yourself Welsh truffles and Bara Brith to mark the day? Or, you may cook dinner different conventional Welsh meals equivalent to cawl or Glamorgan sausages.
Attend a parade:
There are numerous parades and celebrations happening throughout Wales as we speak. For instance, in Wrexham there is a lantern parade within the night, and a St David’s Day Cafe Live performance at Penarth Pier Pavillion through the afternoon.