St. David’s Day

Saint David’s Day is one of the most notable days in the Welsh year. St David’s Day is 1 March and is a day of honour for the patron saint of Wales. This is a national institution with various traditions and celebrations.

Saint David was known for being a preacher throughout Wales during the sixth century. His teachings were known throughout the country and he also created various settlements in Wales and in some parts of England during a time when religion was not common in some areas.

He is especially noted for a miracle where the ground that he was standing on at the Synod of Llanddewi Brefi rose to form a hill for him to be raised up so people could see and hear him as he addressed his followers.

The date of 1 March was chosen as the date for this celebration because this is the date of his death in 589. It is celebrated one day earlier or later on years when Ash Wednesday occurs on 1 March.

On 1 March there are various different parades held throughout Wales. One of the largest events for the day is the Saint David’s Week festival. This occurs in the southern city of Swansea. Various concerts are also held around the country including school concerts which children will perform in.

One unique tradition deals with the leek. People will wear a leek symbol because it is the symbol of Saint David. Some people wear a daffodil symbol instead because the daffodil does not suggest the defiance that Wales had against the British government like the leek does.

Although this is a very important day in Wales it should be noted that this is not an official bank holiday. Although a majority of people in Wales have expressed interest in this date becoming a bank holiday the government has not changed its status.

Saint David’s Day is one of the greatest dates in the Welsh calendar. This is an exciting date that is enjoyed by people throughout Wales and features all sorts of enjoyable activities.