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  • St Davids Day - Facts and History about St David

    St David, or Dewi Sant in Welsh, is the Patron Saint of Wales. From the 18th century onwards, St Davids Day, 1st March became a National Day of Celebration in Wales.  In 2024 St. Davids Day is Friday 1st March.

    St David has a Cathedral and a city named after him and the city is the smallest city in Britain with an estimated population of 1750, (source: UK Census 2021). St Davids City is in Pembrokeshire on the western tip of Wales. 

     

    St Davids Day - Patron Saint of Wales - History

    St David is the Patron Saint of Wales and on 1st March each year is the feast day of Saint David, which commemorates the anniversary of St Davids death in 589 AD. The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th century (by Pope Callixtus II), though it is not a national holiday in Wales or in the UK. The lack of a national holiday in Wales, when there are equivalents in Scotland and Ireland is a source of much disappointment despite overwhelming public support. 

    St Davids Day Celebrations

    Worldwide Celebrations of St Davids Day

    In current times, traditional festivities include the wearing daffodils and leeks, recognised symbols of Wales and Saint David respectively and grand parades in major towns and cities in Wales. In the capital city of Wales, Cardiff, a National St David's Day parade is held every year.

    Nowadays St Davids Day is not just celebrated in Wales but the world over. If you search on the internet for “St Davids Society”, you will find them worldwide. However perhaps the most poignant celebrations are in the tiny city of St David’s itself.

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    Last updated 21st January 2024

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