Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus

daffodils in flower



Today, 1st March, we celebrate St.David's Day here in Wales.  It is is day where the children all get dressed in traditional Welsh costume or Welsh rugby kit and we wear a daffodil or leek pin to mark the day.  We have many traditional dances which are also perfomed across our villages and towns.


Who is St David and why do we celebrate on 1st March?


St David is the patron saint of Wales and he died on 1st March 589AD.

Born in Pembrokeshire, St David became a renowned preacher and made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.  He returned home with a stone that sits on the altar at St. David's Cathedral where he is also buried.  According to folklore, it is said that the ground once rose up where he stood so that people could see and hear him speak.  His last words to his followers were 'Be joyful,  keep the faith,  and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do',  the phrase 'do the little things in life' is still used in Wales today.


Welsh phrases and words


Bore da (Boh-reh day) - Good morning

Prynhawn da (Prin-houn dah) - Good afternoon

Diolch (Dee-ol[ch]) - Thank you

Cwtch (kutch) - Cuddle or hug

Nos da (Nohs Dah) - Goodnight


Places to visit in Wales

There are plenty of things to do whilst in Wales.  The country is best known for it's mountains, hills and rugged coastline.  From the beaches of Pembrokeshire and the mountain walkes in Bannau Brycheiniog, you will be spoilt for choice on ways to get outdoors and enjoy the Welsh countryside and landscapes.  We have lots of impressive castles, abbeys and historical buildings but also plently of museums where you can learn all about Welsh heritage and life.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

1.  St Fagans National Museum of History - Amgueddfa Cymru

2.  Portmeirion

3.  Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons)

4.  Raglan Castle

5.  St. David's Cathedral

6.  Big Pit


Welsh Crafts and Produce

We have some of the best creatives in Wales producing textiles, ceramics, jewellery, cheese and so much more!

Check out our Pinterest board for some of our favourite Welsh items - Made In Wales.

For more inspiration on Welsh heritage and tradition, you can also view our Pinterest board Land of my Fathers.


Nothing beats a cup of tea and a cwtch mug from Tillyanna





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