Today at letslivehere we would like to wish all our Welsh patrons a Happy St Davids day. With it being a day for everything Welsh here are some midly amusing facts you may or may not have known about Wales’ National Day;
- St David’s Day falls every year on March 1. This was the date patron saint of Wales, St. David died in 589.
- It wasn’t until the 18th century, though, that St David’s Day was declared a national day of celebration in Wales.
- Saint David is typically depicted holding a dove, and often standing on a hillock. His symbol is the leek.
- In 2007 Tony Blair rejected calls for St. David’s Day to become a Welsh national holiday, despite a poll saying that 87% of Welsh people wanted a March 1 holiday.
- A Welsh stew, named Cawl and containing lamb and leeks, is traditionally consumed on St. David’s Day.
- Across Wales on Mar 1 St. David’s Day parades take place, and in bigger cities food festivals, concerts and street parties also occur.
- 2009 saw the inaugural St. David’s Week festival in Swansea, a week-long event featuring music, sporting and cultural events.
- Bizarrely, Disney’s Mickey and Minnie were turned Welsh last year for the Disneyland Paris St David’s Welsh Festival.
- St David’s Day in Welsh is Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant.
- Despite the fact that Saint David abstained from drinking and advised others to do the same, a number of Welsh breweries make special St. David’s Day ales
Well there you go, now that you are a little more clued up on everything Welsh its time to sit back relax and enjoy the rest of this glorious day.