Heritage and Culture

St David's Day

St David's Day
By Sophie

The annual celebration of St David's day, on the 1st of March, is a time for the welsh and welsh-at-heart to come together to celebrate the patron saint of Wales, as well as everything Welsh. Many people pin a daffodil or leek to their clothes as a symbol of the celebration, with many adults and children alike donning traditional costumes.

Celebrations include attending church services, parades, choral recitals, or Welsh literal readings with Schools planning celebrations, usually featuring choirs, on the day. Around the villages, towns, and cities the Welsh flag is a prominent feature, dotted around as decoration for this exciting day.

There is also a traditional meal held by many families and friends, with the main feature being Cawl, a soup made of leeks and other locally grown produce.

Last year, Bridgend even hosted the returning Pugfest on St David's Day, with many pugs dressing in welsh attire for the event!

Who was St David?

Although little is known about his life, St David plays a massive part in Welsh culture. It is believed that he lived to be 100 years old before dying in 589, however the first texts on his life didn't appear until around 500 years after his death. Due to this gap, it is difficult to tell which aspects of his story are true, and which are legend, however the story goes that he was a gentle man who grew tall and strong in spite of his frugal diet.

David's dad was called Sant. He was the grandson of a prince of Ceregigion in south-west Wales. David's mother was called Non and was the neice of the legendary King Arthur.

Although related to royalty, David dedicated his life to his faith, traveling widely throughout Wales, France, Ireland and potentially to Jerusalem. St David founded several churches and a monastery in Wales where he eventually became an arch bishop and was canonized in 1120. This was done on the 1st of March and recorded in the church records. Due to this, the day officially became St David's day. After he was made a Saint, people flocked to St David's monastery in pilgrimages, eager to feel some form of connection to him. To this day a cathedral still stands on the monastery's original site.

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