HAPPY ST. DAVID’S DAY! Although, maybe not so happy for St. David, as this is the day he died way back on the 1st of March 589AD.
The Patron Saint of Wales - also known as Dewi Sant - was a pretty cool guy. He travelled the world on pilgrimages, founding religious centres and performing miracles on his way. One of his most famous stories surrounding him is how he caused the ground to rise beneath him when preaching so that everyone could hear him properly. What a guy!
Sadly St. David’s Day is NOT a national holiday. Tony Blair rejected demand for this back in 2007, despite a poll showing 87% of Welsh people wanting it to be. Boo hiss. But this doesn’t mean it shouldn't be celebrated in every glorious way possible.
On this day it is traditional to wear a leek, as according to legend, St. David advised Welsh soldiers to wear leeks in their helmets so they could recognise each other in battle.
However, eating them is much more rewarding than sticking them on your jacket. We recommend this gorgeous cheesy potato and leek bake as the perfect way of celebrating Wales’ special day at dinner time.
If you fancy something sweet, these Welsh cakes can be made in just 30 minutes.
Hapus Dydd Gŵyl Dewi!
The number of Welsh speakers in the world falls every year. There are currently 562,016 people that claim to be able to speak the language. It's such a gorgeous dialect that we think everyone should learn at least a few words.
It doesn't really matter what you're saying as every word sounds so wise and warm. So here are three (slightly random, but very beautiful) proverbs that you can impress the next Welsh person you meet with:
Cenedl heb iaith yw cenedl heb galon (Pronounced: Ken-edl heb yayth, kenedl heb gal-on)
Translation: A nation without language is a nation without heart
Dywed yn dda am dy gyfaill, am dy elyn dywed ddim (pronounced: Duh-wed un thar am duh guv-eyll, am duh elin duh-wed dim)
Translation: Speak well of your friend, of your enemy say nothing
Bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn
Translation: It's raining old wives and walking sticks
Get dressed up
What better way to honour the Welsh way of life, than by getting dress up in the traditional garb.
Girls will need petticoats and overcoat, a tall hat and a frilled bonnet.
Not in the mood for wearing this to the office? Spoil sports. You can at least pin a daffy proudly to your person. So don't forget to stock up on daffodils.