Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! March 1 is St. David’s Day, which is widely celebrated in Wales. Although not everyone can make it to Wales at the moment, you can still honor the day at home.
Who was St. David and why do people celebrate on March 1?
St. David or Dewi Sant in Welsh, is the patron saint of Wales. He was the most prominent figure in the 6th century who was the archbishop of Wales in his lifetime. Not much is known about him except for the fact that he helped establish monastic settlements and churches throughout Wales. St. David passed away on March 1st, 589, but it was 531 years later when the first St. David’s day was celebrated after he was canonized by Pope Callactus, the Second.
How can I celebrate St. David’s Day?
You can celebrate St. David’s Day by enjoying some traditional Welsh food. Bara Brith and Welsh cakes are some of the most popular eats on St. David’s Day. Welsh rarebit, a type of cheesy toast, and vegetarian Glamorgan sausages made from leeks, cheese, and breadcrumbs are also enjoyed on St. David’s Day.
You can also enjoy a hot cup of Glengettie tea which is the most well-known brand of tea in Wales. This blend of Kenyan and Assam teas was created in 1952 to well suit the Welsh waters. The result is a distinctive flavor with a rich color, bringing bright and bold strength to your cup.
Another way to honor St. David is by wearing a leek or a daffodil. So why do people wear leeks and daffodils? It’s because St. David was a lifelong vegetarian and leeks were said to be a significant part of his diet. People usually wear leeks on the lapel of their coat or on a hat.
As for the daffodil it is the national symbol of Wales. In some areas outside of Wales, daffodils begin to pop up from the ground in mid to late February. Daffodils are generally easy to find but if you cannot locate any outside, then the local grocery store or florist may carry some.