St Dwynwen's Day - 25th January

Posted on January 05, 2013 by FelinFach Handmade Textiles

Everybody surely has heard of Valentines Day, but how many know who St Dwynwen was? 

St Dwynwen's day is celebrated in Wales and around the world on 25th January and commemorates the patron saint of friendship and love. So why not buy your loved-one a nice present for St Dwynwen's Day...

But just so you know, here's a little history about St Dwynwen.Llanddwyn, Sir Fon

Dwynwen lived back in the 5th century and according to all accounts was the prettiest of Brychan Brycheiniog's twenty four daughters - yes twenty four!!!! Dwynwen fell in love with Maelon Dafodrill, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else.

Dwynwen was distraught and in her grief she fled to the woods, where she begged God to make her forget Maelon. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.

God then gave Dwynwen three wishes. First she wished that Maelon be thawed, second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers and third that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God's service for the rest of her life.

Remains of Dwynwen's church can be seen today on the island of Llanddwyn, off the coast of Anglesey along with Dwynwen's well. It's believed the well is home to sacred fish who can predict whether couples relationships will succeed; if the fish are seen to be active when visiting the well, it was seen as a sign of a faithful husband.

The popularity and celebration of St Dwynwen's day has increased considerably in recent years, with special events, such as concerts and parties, often held and greetings cards printed. Although still not as popular as St Valentine's Day in February, St Dwynwen is certainly becoming better-known among today's population of Wales.

The well has since become a place of pilgrimage for young Welsh lovers since Dwynwen's death in the 5th century.

And what better an idea than to give your friend or loved one a present on St Dwynwen's Day - a handmade blanket, throw cushion or a gift voucher. Happy St Dwynwen's Day, the perfect gift from Wales.


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