September 10, 2021 13 min read
Owain Glyndŵr Day, 16th September, commemorates the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales. Today, he is a figure of mass culture in Wales, with statues, flags and monuments alongside pubs and street names remembering him. He is possibly one of the greatest Welshmen of all time if not the greatest. His name is still remembered and revered today.
September 05, 2021 8 min read
Be part of the worldwide celebrations for Roald Dahl's Day on Monday 13th September 2021. 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.
April 27, 2021 4 min read
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. More widely, Beltane is the Gaelic May Day festival celebrating fertility and new growth.
February 24, 2021 5 min read
St David is the Patron Saint of Wales and on 1st March each year 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!!
January 09, 2021 5 min read
Santes Dwynwen, 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". Show your proud Welsh heritage and point of difference by celebrating St Dwynwen's Day as opposed to Valentines Day!!
December 31, 2020 5 min read
In the Welsh village of Cwm Gwaun (the Gwaun valley), near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire in Wales, locals are keeping old traditions alive by celebrating the New Year, known as Hen Galan, 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!!!
December 07, 2020 7 min read
Cilmeri 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 on 11th December 1282 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. This date is commemorated in Wales with increased popularity
April 14, 2020 3 min read
St David is the patron saint of Wales and is celebrated 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 Sant Hapus’, which translates as happy St David’s day in Welsh
February 14, 2020 4 min read
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!
August 30, 2019 8 min read
Wales is a distinctive part of the UK, a country with its own character, culture and way of life – thousands of years in the making, and continually evolving. The history of Wales contains many important or special days or festivals that are still 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...