So when is St David's Day? Here in Wales on the 1st of March we celebrate St David’s Day, which commemorates the anniversary of Saint David's death in 589 AD.
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Interestingly, a survey made available by CADW (CADW is responsible in Wales for protecting historic buildings and structures, landscapes and heritage sites) suggests that a surprisingly high number of adults in Wales are not familiar why the country celebrates St David’s Day, which prompted us at FelinFach to reveal 10 interesting facts about our Welsh Patron.
David became a monk as a young adult and founded a monastery around the year 560. The original monastery site is now home to St David's Cathedral and St David's Bishop’s Palace.
St David was a Welsh bishop of St David's during the 6th century.
St David's influence was not limited to Wales. He was an influential figure, spreading Christianity on the continent.
He is the Patron Saint of Wales.
St David was a vegetarian! The Monastic Rule of St David advocated that monks had to plough fields themselves without assistance, and must drink only water and eat only bread. He lived a simple life and practised abstinence, advocating a meat free and beer free diet!
Records claim that St David died on the 1st of March in 589 AD. His birth date is uncertain with suggestions ranging from 462 to 512, but rumour has it he was over 100 years old!
It is believed that during a battle against the Saxons, St David suggested all of his soldiers to wear leeks in their hats so that they could easily distinguish themselves from the enemy. And that is why the leek became a symbol of Wales and St David’s Day.
David has a city named after him! It may the smallest city in Britain, but St David's is home to St David's Cathedral and an estimated population of 1600.
Famous last words…. according to records the last words to his followers before his death are thought to have been: "Be joyful, keep the faith and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do." And to this day is still a well-known phrase in Wales
The Welsh translation of “Happy St David’s Day” is “Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus”.