Patagonia is a Welsh colony in Argentina and Chile. Welsh settlers sailed to Patagonia in 1865 in the ship Mimosa - FelinFach

Patagonia, Wales and the Welsh Colony

March 03, 2020 16 min read

Patagonia is a distinct geographical region of South America, an area of land in both the southern parts of Argentina and Chile. In Chile, it starts in the Araucanía region extending to the extreme southern tip of the country. On the Argentine side, it begins in the province of Rio Negro and continues south to Tierra Del Fuego.

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Llanddwyn Island - Ynys Llanddwyn and St Dwynwen, Patron Saint of Welsh Lovers

St Dwynwen's Day - Wales St Valentines Day

January 05, 2020 5 min read

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".

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Hen Galan - New Years Eve 13th January - Calennig in Cwm Gwaun

Hen Galan - New Year's Eve 13th January

January 04, 2020 5 min read

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!!!

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Welsh Christmas Traditions - Plygain and Noson Gyflaith

Welsh Christmas Traditions

December 14, 2019 5 min read

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!

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Cilmeri - Cilmeri stone - Cilmery - Prince Llewelyn - Gerallt Lloyd Owen poem

Cilmeri and The last Prince of Wales

December 06, 2019 7 min read

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

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Abbey Cwm Hir - Abaty Cwm Hir

Abbey Cwm Hir - Abaty Cwm Hir

November 02, 2019 5 min read

Abbeycwmhir is a small village in Powys, mid-Wales and is the location of a ruined Cistercian Abbey originally built in 1143. The Abbey is the resting place of the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales, Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. Following his death in battle with King Edward I at Cilmeri in 1282, his headless body was buried in the Abbey

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Aberfan disaster - 21 October 1966 - 09.15am

Aberfan Disaster

October 21, 2019 3 min read

The ‘Aberfan Disaster’ occurred at 9.13am, 21st October 1966 – the stopped clock image encapsulates that moment in time. A colliery tip collapsed and engulfed Aberfan and in particular its school. 116 children and 28 adults died.  Aberfan – remembered and never forgotten...

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Caernarfon castle- castell caernarfon - UNESCO World Heritage site

Caernarfon Castle

October 01, 2019 4 min read

Caernarfon castle was created and built as part of King Edward I’s infamous ‘Iron Ring’ of Castles at Harlech, Beaumaris, Conwy and Caernarfon effectively forming a circle around Snowdonia

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Snowdonia (Eryri) - Snowdon Mountain from Rhyd Ddu - Yr Wyddfa o Ryd Ddu

Snowdon and Snowdonia

September 22, 2019 4 min read

Snowdonia is a region in north west Wales and includes Wales' highest mountain (Snowdon) and 90 mountain peaks and mountain ranges. Snowdonia also boasts an historic mountain railway that climbs to the summit of Wales's highest mountain at 3,560 feet above sea level

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Harlech Castle and Town with Snowdonia in the background

Harlech Castle and the Steepest Street in the World

September 21, 2019 4 min read

Harlech is located in north Wales in the Snowdonia National park and famous for its clifftop Castle. The Castle was built by King Edward 1st in the thirteenth century at the same time as Caernarfon, Conwy and Beaumaris Castles.

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Beddgelert town in Snowdonia - Legend of Gelert the faithful dog

Beddgelert and the sad legend of Gelert the faithful dog

September 11, 2019 4 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.

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Y Ddrag Goch

Celebration Days Wales

August 30, 2019 5 min read

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. 

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