by Morgana . March 27, 2021 4 min read
House names in Wales, in the Welsh language are part of a very distinctive, cultural and linguistic heritage. The Welsh language is one of the oldest living languages in Europe and many house names together with the names of farms, a features in the countryside and other geographical landmarks form part of this rich heritage. Here's 28 names, one for each letter of the Welsh alphabet.
by Morgana . February 09, 2021 4 min read
by Morgana . January 30, 2021 2 min read
The National Flag of Wales is universally known to all Welsh men and women and to many others around the world. The Welsh flag has consistently been judged as one of the most iconic flags of the world, not just being of an arrangement of colours but that of a fiery Welsh dragon – Y Ddraig Goch!
by Morgana . 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!!
by Morgana . 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!!!
by Morgana . December 29, 2020 3 min read
Welsh rabbit (original spelling) or Welsh rarebit is a traditional but famous Welsh dish. Basically, it’s combination of hot melted cheese on toast which is a winning combination on any day. The first and most important thing to understand is that rarebit is not a word that is used in any other context. It only exists next to the word Welsh when referring to the dish Welsh rarebit
by Morgana . December 25, 2020 5 min read
Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Christmas and New Year celebrations 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!
by Morgana . December 24, 2020 4 min read
The Welsh Dragon is the heraldic symbol of Wales, and is, almost without doubt the country’s most recognisable symbol. The image is most notably seen on the flag of Wales. The flag, a proud and ancient battle standard of the Welsh consists of a red dragon, passant (which in heraldry terms indicates that the animal has its right foot raised), on a green and white background.
by Morgana . December 20, 2020 3 min read
The story begins with Ceridwen, the mother of the Welsh 6th century Bard, Taliesin. According to the Mabinogion legends, the bard begins life as Gwion Bach, a servant boy on the shores of Bala Lake, where the giant Tegid Foel and his witch wife Ceridwen live. Tegid and Ceridwen have two children, a beautiful daughter, Crearwy, and Morfran, their stupid, ugly son.
by Morgana . December 18, 2020 5 min read
Beddgelert means Gelert's Grave in English and the pretty Snowdonia town is the centre of the legend and tragedy of Gelert the faithful dog and the location of the grave of Gelert. Its resident population is less than 500 at the time of the last Census in 2011. It is often described as the prettiest town in Snowdonia and the town, Gelert's grave and the surrounding area are major tourist attractions.
by Morgana . 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
by Morgana . October 22, 2020 3 min read
Born on 27th October 1914 Dylan was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems, Do not go gentle into that good night, And death shall have no dominion, and Under Milk Wood. Thomas left school to be a junior newspaper reporter and in 1932 he concentrated on his poetry full-time. He became popular in his lifetime and remained so after his death at 39 in New York City.
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