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May 01, 2018
The history of Wales contains many important days that are now celebrated in modern times and are separate from those in England and Scotland. Whilst not tying to be a comprehensive list, here are a number of important days to all Welsh people, here in Wales and around the world...
In the Gwaun valley near Abergwaun (Fishguard), the locals of Cwm Gwaun prepare for their annual New Year celebrations on the 13th January, yes this I snot a mis-print, 13th of January each year! They are following the old Julian Calendar. The Julian calendar was abolished controversially in 1752 and replaced with the Gregorian calendar, which was approved by Pope Gregory XIII nearly 200 years earlier. But the people of the Gwaun Valley resisted the change. In true Welsh tradition, the children go from door to door singing and are given ‘Calennig’ in return: sweets or money.
St Dwynwen's day (Wales' own Valentines Day) is celebrated on 25th January in Wales (3 weeks before the more well-known Valentines Day on 14th February) with the giving and receiving of cards and presents by ‘loved ones’! All good patriotic Welshmen and women should be celebrating St Dwynwen's day. St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers and she is the Welsh version of St Valentine. The popularity of St Dwynwen's Day has increased massively in recent years so why wait until St Valentine's Day to make your romantic feelings known, when you can wish your loved one 'Rwy’n dy garu di ' (I love you) three weeks earlier? You can show your proud Welsh heritage and point of difference by celebrating St Dwynwen's Day as opposed to Valentines Day!!! Why not buy your loved one a Gift Card to celebrate this occasion, Gift Cards.
St David's Day is the feast day of Saint David and falls on 1 March, the date of Saint David's death in 589 AD. The feast has been regularly celebrated since the cannonisation of David in the 12th century (by Pope Callistus II), though it is not a national holiday in the UK. Traditional festivities include the wearing daffoddils and leeks, recognised symbols of Wales and Saint David respectively and grand parades in major towns and cities in Wales.
Owain Glyndwr, who was proclaimed Prince of Wales on 16th September, 1400 after rebelling against English rule, is a key figure in Welsh history and was the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales. To mark September 16th, a series of festivals and events are held across the country to celebrate the Welsh national hero. The Owain Glyndŵr Centre in Machynlleth is built on the site of the famous parliament held in 1404 at which Owain was crowned Prince of Wales. This Grade 1 listed building was given to the town of Machynlleth by Lord Davies of Llandinam in February, 1912. The centre traces the history of Owain Glyndwr from his early days to his death.
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