St David is the Patron Saint of Wales and on 1st March each year is the feast day of Saint David commemorating the anniversary of his death in 589 AD. St David’s is the smallest UK city with an estimated population of 1,800. Celebrations are not done by half and not just on one day but are usually spread over a two-week period!!
If asked when the last invasion of Britain was, most people remember the Norman invasion of 1066. But that is simply not true… The last invasion of Britain was near the town of Fishguard in west Wales. On February 22nd, 1797, the French army of 1500 men came ashore but eventually surrendered to a group of local women armed with pitchforks!
Promote Wales, Promote Love, Celebrate St Dwynwen's Day. St Dwynwen's Day is Wales' St Valentine’s Day, celebrated on 25th January and is the most romantic day in the Welsh calendar year. It is celebrated with the giving and receiving of cards and presents and by saying "I Love you" in Welsh, "Rwy'n dy garu di".
In the Welsh village of Cwm Gwaun (the Gwaun valley), near Fishguard in Wales, locals are keeping old traditions alive by celebrating the New Year, known as Hen Galan and Calennig, 13 days after everyone else. Back in the 1700s, the people of Cwm Gwaun used the Julian calendar and still do. New Years Eve is on 13th January!!!
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
Owain Glyndwr Day, 16th September, commemorates the last native Welsh person to hold the title Prince of Wales. He is now a figure of mass culture in Wales, with statues and monuments alongside pub and street names remembering him…
Roald Dahl’s story began in 1916 in when he was born at Villa Marie, Fairwater Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, a house name was named after the first wife. In 1918 his father, Harald, purchased a much grander property, Ty Mynydd (Mountain House in Welsh), a large farm of 150 acres in Radyr, near Cardiff.
During September each year, there are two Celebration days, one of Roald Dahl who was born in Cardiff and one for Owain Glyndwr, the last Welsh born Prince of Wales, see below. The history of Wales contains many important days that are now celebrated here in Wales and around the world.
Calan Mai, or Calan Haf is the first day of May. Nos Galan Mai was May Days Eve. The first day of May was an important time for celebration and festivities in Wales and there are some superstitions and customs still practiced today that date back to Druid times including the Beltane celebrations