St Dwynwen's day (Wales' own St Valentines Day) is celebrated on 25th January in Wales (3 weeks before Valentines Day). All good patriotic Welshmen and women should be celebrating St Dwynwen's day by saying I love you in Welsh - Rwy'n dy garu di.
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 (14th February) 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!!! Promote Wales, promote love, celebrate St Dwynwen's Day!!! So who was St Dwynwen? She lived during the 5th century and was, according to legend one of the prettiest of Brychan Brycheiniog's twenty four, yes 24, daughters. The story is that Dwynwen fell in love with a guy called Maelon Dafodrill, but her father had already promised that she should marry someone else. Dwynwen fell asleep and was visited by an angel who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into an ice block.
Distraught, Dwynwen fled to the woods, where she pleaded with God to make her forget Maelon. God responded to Dwynwen’s grief and then granted her three wishes. Firstly she wished that Maelon be thawed, secondly that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers and third that she should never marry. All three of her wishes were fulfilled and to give her thanks Dwynwen devoted herself to God's service for the rest of her life. She became a nun who founded a convent on Ynys Llanddwyn (Llanddwyn Island). The tidal island is near to the village of Niwbwrch (Newborough) and the beautiful Newborough Forest, situated off the West coast of Anglesey. Llanddwyn Island contains a lighthouse, a number of cottages and is reached by the beautiful Llanddwyn beach.
So go on, buy your loved one a truly Welsh gift to celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day, 25 January.
Dwynwen died in 465AD and on Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn) a well was named after her as a place of pilgrimage. Visitors to the well believed the sacred fish that lived in the well could predict whether or not their relationship would be happy.
Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets, Welsh woollen blankets and throws which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves and other handmade products. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, Global Welsh and Wales International.
Christmas and New Year celebrations are a favourite time of the year, not least in Wales, including, Plygain (Christmas Carols between 3am and 6am), Noson Gyflaith (Toffee making evening), Mari Lwyd (A Grey Mare), Wassail (Hot mulled cider), Calennig (Trick or Treat, Welsh style) and New Year’s celebrations in Cwm Gwaun on 13th January each year!
Our last posting day for Christmas 2019 UK residential addresses is 20th December. This is for “Next Day Deliveries” which should arrive on 21st or 23rd December. For International shipping see Blog for details. We use UK Royal Mail for international and UK shipping with "signed for and trackable" shipping
Cilmeri (Cilmery or Kilmery) is a small village in Powys, mid-Wales but is of great historical importance to Wales. It is also a sad place, for it was there that the last Welsh-born Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd died. Llywelyn was killed in the battle of Irfon Bridge in a minor skirmish with the soldiers of England’s King Edward I on 11th December 1282