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September 16, 2019 3 min read

When is Saint David's Day?

You might ask yourself when is St. Davids day? Or even what is Saint Davids Day? Here in Wales we commemorate the anniversary of Saint Davids death on the 1st of March of each year. St David's Day 2021 is on Monday, 1st March, 2021.

St David was the Patron Saint of Wales who died on 1st March 589 AD. It is Wales' own day in the annual calendar. However, it wasn’t until the 18th century that St Davids Day became a national day of celebration in Wales.

Unlike Saint Patrick's Day in Ireland, Saint Davids Day is not a national holiday, but there are many who are campaigning for this day to be recognised as a public holiday.

Undoubtedly, many would argue that not only should we have one day in which we come together to celebrate our nation, but that day could and should be used as a catalyst for increasing the profile of Wales across the World. So that in the future people will know when is St. Davids day and what it means to this great nation.

Where is St Davids?

St Davids or St David’s (TyDdewi in Welsh) is a city in Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom. The city is dominated by its cathedral and surrounding buildings. It was granted city status in the 12th century – it lost this status in 1886 but it was regained by Royal Charter on 1st June 1995. It is the smallest city in the United Kingdom as measured by population, which was 1,841 in 2011, the date of the last Census in the United Kingdom. It is located on the western most tip of Pembrokeshire within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. It has a rich Christian heritage. It is said it was from St David’s that St Patrick set sail to Ireland on his mission to convert Ireland to Christianity.

Is Saint David's Day a Bank Holiday in Wales?

Many public organisations such as schools, libraries and government offices remain open on St. Davids Day. Almost all businesses are open although some decide to give their staff a day off for Wales' national day, St Davids Day, the Patron Saint of Wales. However, it is a day of celebration so many schools, institutions and even businesses will have a special program for the day. Some villages and towns hold special parades so there may be some local disruption to traffic or public transport.

St Davids Day in Cardiff, Capital city of Wales

In the capital city of Wales, Cardiff, a National St Davids Day parade is held with lots of exciting performances by dragons and theatre groups. In current times, traditional festivities include the wearing daffodils and leeks, recognised symbols of Wales and Saint David respectively.

St David's Day, in St David's

In St David’s, celebrations are not done by half and not just on one day but consist of a whole array of different and varied events, usually spread over a two-week period as opposed to one day.

The main event is of course on St David’s Day itself with formal messages being sent to the Senedd (the Welsh Parliament), the Bishops Blessing, playing of the National Anthem, full peal of bell ringing and the various cathedral services. During the two-week celebration there are many and varied events ranging from the best dressed shop window and best St David's Day Cawl competitions, to a half marathon on the Pembrokeshire coastal path. Being Wales, there’s rugby, a mini rugby competition at the rugby club and vintage motor bike parades.

About FelinFach

Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets, Welsh woollen blankets and throws which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves and other handmade products. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, Global Welsh and Wales International.

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