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!!!
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!
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
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
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...
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The traditional and most recognisable image of the Welsh ‘national’ dress or costume is that of a woman in a red, black and white woollen cloak with an accompanying tall black hat.