"Wales' patron saint - David" Wales Local Custom Tip by aaaarrgh

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by aaaarrgh

Walking back from town today, for the first time I noticed some Saint David's Day cards on sale. It reminded me that 1st March is Wales' national day - St David's Day, or Dydd Dewi Sant.

More and more people celebrate St David's Day, even if only to wear a daffodil flower, or send a card.

Cardiff, Wales' capital city, has a Lord Mayor's Parade to coincide with St Davids Day week.

St David was born in the far west of Wales in the 6th century A.D. The tiny city of St David's - Tyddewi - and its cathedral still exist today. David (or should i call him Dai?) was Abbot of St Davids and created a bit of a myth about himself.

In the 12th century A.D., the Pope made David a saint. He was such a hot religious icon that two pilgrimages to St David's Cathedral was equal to one trip to Rome!! That means I have been to Rome many times ;-) By car, that is, to buy groceries and go to the bank :-))

1st March became a religious festival, St Davids Day. It became the national day of Wales in the 18th century.

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  • Updated Feb 23, 2005
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