April 14, 2020 3 min read
Happy Saint Davids Day in Welsh is "Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus"! St David is the patron saint of Wales and is celebrated across the country on the 1st of March. Welsh people from all over the world mark the day by wearing one of the two national symbols. These symbols are the daffodil, or the leak. Welsh people will also greet each other with ‘Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus’, which translates as happy St David’s day in Welsh.
St David’s day in Welsh is ‘Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant’, Dewi being the Welsh version of the anglicised ‘David’. An annual parade through the streets of Cardiff is just one of many celebrations, large and small, that take place across the country.
Towns and villages stage their own parades and concerts. And schools will often celebrate the occasion with an Eisteddfod. The Eisteddfod is a uniquely Welsh festival of literature, music, and performance.
Welsh Castles and historic sites will allow free visits on March the 1st. There is also a famous concert in St David’s Hall with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales entertaining.
St David was born in West Wales in the fifth or sixth century, near to the small city and cathedral that now bear his name.
As a religious figurehead, St David was revered for his miraculous actions.
Most famously, it was said that he caused the ground to rise beneath his own feet when preaching to a large crowd, in order that those standing at the back could better see and hear his preaching.
As part of the miracle, a white dove which would later become his emblem, came to rest upon his shoulder. A church was built atop this mound in what is now the village of Llanddewi Brefi in Carmarthenshire.
St David is believed to have lived for over a hundred years until his death on the 1st of March 589. Upon his death bed, St David is said to have preached ‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd’. These words are still taught to children on St David’s day in Welsh. It simply translates as ‘do the little things in life’ and forms of part of the final words to his followers ‘be joyful, keep the faith and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do’.
The city of St Davids on the western tip of Pembrokeshire. It is the smallest city in Britain, is home to the famous cathedral that is dedicated to Wales’s patron saint.
The shrine dates to the twelfth century and is regarded as the holiest site in all of Wales.
Its importance during the middle ages was such, that Pope Calixtus II declared that two pilgrimages to the site was equal to a pilgrimage to Rome, whilst three pilgrimages was equivalent to a journey to Jerusalem.
The wisdom and influence of David, Wales’s patron saint, spans nearly fifteen hundred years. His legacy continues to grow and inspire new generations of Welsh men and women in a modern and confident Wales.
For the next 1st of March, ‘Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus’, St Davids day in welsh of course.
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