Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! Happy St. Davids Day from Shoes by Mail

 

 

 

 

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On March 1st, in Wales, we celebrate St David’s day. St David was a Welsh Archbishop and is now “patron” or national saint of Wales. He was born at the end of the 5th Century on a cliff top near Capel Non (Non’s chapel) on the South-West Wales coast, now Pembrokshire. The traditional tales about David were based on documents found in the cathedral archive.

The young David wanted to be a priest and he was educated at the monastery of Hen Fynyw by St. Paulinus. He was vegetarian who ate only bread, herbs and vegetables and who drank only water. During the battle against the Saxons, he urged his soldiers to wear leeks in their clothes so they were easy to distinguish from their enemies. That’s the reason, why the leek is one of the symbols of Wales.

 

 

 

 

On his way to becoming a missionary David travelled through Wales, Britain and made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem where he became an Archbishop. He founded 12 monasteries, one of them at Minevia. The monastery life of the monks was very strict, they were hard-working and cultivated the land. They also looked after the poor people.

David was known to perform several miracles during his life. When he was preaching, the ground on which he stood is reputed to have risen to form a small hill, or when he restored his tutors Paulinus sight.

He died on 1st March 589 A.D. The exact date of his death is not certain, but he was buried at St David’s Cathedral at St Davids. This day is now the date marked as Saint David’s Day which is celebrate since the 12th Century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Wales, we celebrate this day by wearing traditional costumes or clothes in red, green or white. As a symbol, we pin a daffodil or leek to our clothes. We singing traditional songs followed by a tea with bara brith (welsh fruited bread) and teisen bach (welsh cake). In some Welsh towns, you can also see street parades taking place on this day. One of the largest is in Cardiff which is a non-military celebration of Welsh heritage and culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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