Get daily updates directly to your inbox Today many people across the country and in wales will celebrate St David\’s Day – the first patron saint celebration of the year. Saint David\’s Day is the feast day of St David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on March 1, the date of Saint David\’s death in 589 AD. The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th century (by Pope Callistus II), though it is not a national holiday in the UK. The Welsh mark it with tasty treats and celebrations. If you live in Wales it\’s probably pencilled in your diary – but if not here\’s some things you might not know about the annual celebration. Here\’s what you need to know. When is St David\’s Day? It\’s celebrated every year on March 1. It\’s not a national holiday in the UK. In 2007, former PM Tony Blair rejected calls for it to become a public holiday. In a poll 87% of Welsh people were in favour. Who was St David? David\’s date of birth is unknown, but it was about 1,500 years ago. He was born on the Pembrokeshire cliffs during a fierce storm. Legend has it he was the son of Sant (aka Sanctus), king of Ceredigion and a nun called Nonnita (non). Though this has been dismissed by historians who instead say he descended from Welsh royalty. In medieval times people thought he descended from King Arthur. David became a monk at a young age and is said to have founded a monastery close to where he was born. This area is now known as St Davids. The Cathedral and St David\’s Bishop\’s Palace are built on the site of the original monastery according to historians. No one is quite sure what stories about St David is true, or if any are. There are many stories about the saint, from tales about him raising the dead to myths about milestones in his life being marked by springs of water appearing. So what do we actually know? St David was made an archbishop later in life.
The legend passed down is that when the decision was made a great crowd gathered. When David stood up to speak, one of those gathered shouted: We wont\’ be able to see or hear him. \’
At that instant the ground rose until everyone can see or hear him. David is said to have died on March 1, 589 AD at 100-years-old. Why do the Welsh wear leeks? Another legends harks back to a battle when the men in Wales fought to protect their land from Saxon invaders. Wales was losing, both sides wore similar clothing making things confusing. A monk noticed it was becoming an issue, so he cried out: Welshman, you must mark yourselves so that you can better tell who is Saxon and who is Welsh. The monk plucked a leek from the ground and added: Here, wear there so you will know any soldier who does not have a leek is your enemy. They thought it was odd, but they went along with it. Soon all soldiers had one on their helmet. The Welsh won the battle. The monk? David! Leek is the national flower of Wales and David is the patron saint. How is St David\’s celebrated? The flag of St David and the national flag is flown across Wales. There is a national parade in Cardiff, with live performances. What do people eat? Welsh cakes, as well as lamb, mutton and leek dishes. 1. St DavidБs Day falls every year on March 1. This was the date patron saint of Wales, St. David died in 589. 2. It wasnБt until the 18th century, though, that St DavidБs Day was declared a national day of celebration in Wales. 3. Saint David is typically depicted holding a dove, and often standing on a hillock. His symbol is the leek. 4. In 2007 rejected calls for St. DavidБs Day to become a Welsh national holiday, despite a poll saying that 87% of Welsh people wanted a March 1 holiday. 5. A Welsh stew, named Cawl and containing lamb and leeks, is traditionally consumed on St DavidБs Day. 6.
Across Wales on March 1 St DavidБs Day parades take place, and in bigger cities food festivals, concerts and street parties also occur. 7. The year 2009 saw the inaugural St DavidБs Week festival in Swansea, a week-long event featuring music, sporting and cultural events. 8. Disney\’s Mickey and Minnie were turned Welsh in 2014 for the Disneyland Paris St David\’s Welsh Festival. 9. in Welsh is Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant. 10. Despite the fact that Saint David abstained from drinking and advised others to do the same, a number of Welsh breweries make special St DavidБs Day ales. Dydd Gеyl Dewi Hapus! means БHappy St DavidБs DayБ in Welsh. But if Welsh isn\’t your mother tongue, you\’ll be sure to impress your friends with these handy phrases. 1. Cawl a bara lawr i swper heno, ie? means \’Cawl and laverbread for tea tonight then? \’ 2. Cymru am Byth 3. Ife Tom Jones sydd draw fan\’na? means \’Is that Tom Jones over there? \’ 4. Pryd maeБr dawnsio gwerin yn dechrau? means \’What time does the folk dancing start? \’ 5. Cymro/Cymraes iБr carn Get daily updates directly to your inbox In a matter of weeks St. David\’s Day, otherwise known as Dydd Gеyl Dewi, will be celebrated. It is the first day of the year that Britain honours one of its four patron saints – the others being St. Patrick for Northern Ireland, St. Andrew for Scotland and St. George for England. People in Wales – and those of Welsh descent in other parts of the world – will mark the day with culinary delights and celebrations. Here is everything you need to know about St. David\’s life and why we celebrate the patron. When is St. David\’s day? St. David\’s Day is celebrated on March, 1 the same day as the patron saint\’s death. It is not a national holiday in the UK. In 2007, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, rejected calls for it to become a public holiday, despite a poll revealing that 87% of Welsh people were in favour.
Who was St David? The exact date of his birth is unknown, but it is believed to have been around 1,500 years ago. St. David was born on the Pembrokeshire cliffs during a wild thunderstorm, and legend has it that he was the son of Sant (aka Sanctus), king of Ceredigion and a nun named Nonnita (Non). However, some historians dispute this and believe that his parents descended from Welsh royalty. According to the History Magazine, in medieval times it was widely understood that St. David was the nephew of King Arthur. Legend has it that the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick, foresaw the birth of David in 520AD. As a young man St. David became a monk and is said to have founded a monastery close to his brithplace. The surrounding area is now known as St. Davids. According to historians, itБs believed that St. David\’s Cathedral and St. David\’s BishopБs Palace are built on the site of the original monastery. He travelled widely throughout Wales, parts of England, Brittany in France and possibly to Ireland and Jerusalem. He also founded several churches and monasteries and was eventually named the Archbishop of Wales at the Synod of Brefi (Llanddewi Brefi), Cardiganshire. St. David died on 1 March 589A. D, he was allegedly more than 100-years-old. How is St DavidБs Day celebrated? On the day, a flag of St. David – a yellow cross on a black background – and the national Welsh flag, the Y Ddraig Goch, will be seen across Wales. There is a National St. David\’s Day Parade across the centre of Cardiff, which includes live performances from dancers and theatrical groups. Lamb, mutton and leek dishes are just some of the recipes people cook for the day, which is also known as the feast of St David. Welsh cakes are also prepared, and can be eaten as a teatime treat or on their own as a snack.