OT: St. David's Day
- My father's side is pure Welsh, so:
St David's Day is celebrated in Wales on 1 March, in honour of Dewi Sant or
St David, the patron saint of Wales. Little is known about him for certain.
What little information we have is based on an account of his life written
by Rhigyfarch towards the end of the 11th century.
According to this Latin manuscript, Dewi died in the year 589. His mother
was called Non, and his father, Sant, was the son of Ceredig, King of
Ceredigion. After being educated in Cardiganshire, he went on pilgrimage
through south Wales and the west of England, where it is said that he
founded religious centres such as Glastonbury and Croyland. He even went on
a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, where he was made archbishop.
He eventually settled at Glyn Rhosyn (St David's), in south-west Wales,
where he established a very strict ascetic religious community. Many
miracles have been attributed to him, the most incredible of which was
performed when he was preaching at the Synod of Llanddewibrefi - he caused
the ground to rise underneath him so that he could be seen and heard by all.
How much truth is in this account of his life by Rhigyfarch is hard to tell.
It must be considered that Rhigyfarch was the son of the Bishop of St
David's, and that the Life was written as propaganda to establish Dewi's
superiority and defend the bishopric from being taken over by Canterbury and
From the 12th century onwards, Dewi's fame spread throughout South Wales and
as far as Ireland and Brittany. St David's Cathedral became a popular centre
of pilgrimage, particularly after Dewi was officially recognised as a
Catholic saint in 1120. From this period on, he was frequently referred to
in the work of medieval Welsh poets such as Iolo Goch and Lewys Glyn Cothi.
In 1398, it was ordained that his feast-day was to be kept by every church
in the Province of Canterbury. Though the feast of Dewi as a religious
festival came to an end with the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century,
the day of his birth became a national festival during the18th century.
Now March 1 is celebrated by schools and cultural societies throughout
Wales. It is the custom on that day to wear either a leek or a daffodil -
two of our national emblems - and for young girls to wear the national
Reprinted from the website of the
National Museums and Galleries of Wales
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- Well done Peggy,
I have a few add ons.
> St David's Day is celebrated in Wales on 1 March, in honour of DewiSant or
> St David, the patron saint of Wales. Little is known about him forcertain
It should be remembered that his family was very well placed. His
brothers Lewi and Hewi, who had great potential as military leaders
though unfortunately no-one could understand them due to speech
impedimates, ended as Duck-a-la-Turnip (oranges not having been
introduced to Europe as yet.) So, they were Ducs hoisted by their own
canard as it were.
Grandfather Scrooge McDuck, from the Scots lands was well known for
his frugality and was once nominated for sainthood by getting blood
from a stone.
Donald and Daisy were known as sad creatures unable to wear clothing
on their nether regions and as such are often regarded by some
segments of the historical community as mystics and by others as
Cousin Daffi was just a loony completely tuned out from society.
> My father's side is pure Welsh, so:You can get an ointment for that.
>His motherJust say No!
> was called Non,
and his father, Sant, was the son of Ceredig, King of
> Ceredigion.A rather ir-religious name if I do say so myself.
> performed when he was preaching at the Synod of Llanddewibrefi -Say that five times fast (thatthatthat -thankyou)
> How much truth is in this account of his life by Rhigyfarch is hardto tell.
Ummm, can I hazard a guess?
>From this period on, he was frequently referred toGlyn Cothi.
> in the work of medieval Welsh poets such as Iolo Goch and Lewys
Translates as 'Lewi-without-Clothes,' an old family trait.
> In 1398, it was ordained that his feast-day was to be kept by everychurch
> in the Province of Canterbury.Strangely some people can't abide Canterbury but should quickly trot
off to see it.
> Now March 1 is celebrated by schools and cultural societiesNot an oximoron I'll have you know!
>It is custom to wear a leak or a daffodil, two of our nationalemblems -
I saw someone wearing a brea on his head once. Sorry Craig.
and for young girls to wear the national
> costume.And others wear?
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