I admit that in recent years, I began to hear a lot more about the country of Wales. It is located just southwest of Great Britain and while a majority of the nation speaks English, Wales has a language of its own (Welsh). The country even has several tea companies like Glengettie tea, Murroughs Welsh Brew, and a Prince of Wales Blend.

I’m bringing up Wales today because of an upcoming holiday. Saint David’s Day, or Dydd Gwŷl Dewi (Sant) hapus in Welsh, falls every year on March 1st and is a celebration of Wales’ patron saint, Saint David. March 1st was chosen as the day because Saint David died on this day in (estimated) 589 A.D.. It was believed that he had gone on a pilgrimage all the way to Jerusalem where he became an archbishop. He founded his own cathedral, the St. David’s Cathedral, to which people began to attend to because they heard many miracles have happened when he was around (like making the ground rise underneath him).  The cathedral still has millions of visitors each year!

Every year on St. David’s Day, there are parades in Wales, especially in the major city of Cardiff, where many Welsh residents wear either a daffodil or a leek. Daffodils and leeks are Wales’ national emblems as the Battle of the Saxons were won in a field of leeks (now that think I think about it, ever heard of a welsh onion?). Songs, concerts, and even the Welsh national anthem, are all sung on this day.

Happy Saint David’s Day!

-CD

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