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.
Gee ceffyl bach is a beautiful nursery rhyme and is regularly searched for on this website. So here it is with an English translation. Here's the first verse...
Gee ceffyl bach yn cario ni'n dau, dros y mynydd i hela cnau,ŵ dwr yn afon a'r cerrig yn slic, cwympo ni'n dau, wel dyna i chi dric!
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
Calon Lân is a Welsh language song written in the early 1890s. Daniel James, also known by his bardic name of Gwyrosydd, wrote the lyrics and John Hughes the tune. Although both Daniel and John both lived in Swansea, it was in Blaengarw that Daniel wrote the famous words allegedly on the back of a 'fag' packet. Although Calon Lân has been translated into English, it is almost always sung in Welsh.
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.
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