Celebrate St David’s Day in London for FREE!
If you hadn’t already guessed by now, I’m a little patriotic to say the least. Therefore, one of the biggest days in my calendar is 1 March. This is when Welsh citizens across the land wear traditional dress or more commonly these days a daffodil or leek to celebrate…being Welsh!
So who is St David?
St David (or ‘Dewi Sant’ in Welsh) was born on the south west coast of Wales, near the present day city of St David. His family was aristocratic and later in life he became a missionary and founded a monastery in the city. St David died in 589 AD and has been the patron saint of Wales since the 12th century.Daffs
How is it celebrated today?
St David’s day has grown in popularity over the years, thanks to the media, celebrities and sports stars particularly rugby players. We wear a daffodil (Cenhinen Pedr in Welsh) or sometimes a leek (Cenhinen) as these are the national emblems of Wales. A daffodil is also seen as the first sign of Spring. Not only that, but parades through small towns and villages happen across the country in celebration.
Did you know…Disneyland Paris apparently holds yearly events to celebrate St David’s day, which include; a Welsh themed week, fireworks, parades and Disney characters dressed in traditional Welsh attire!
St David’s Day is particularly prominent in Welsh schools. Usually, pupils take part in school concerts or Eisteddfodau (in Welsh) which involves singing, country dancing and poetry as the main activities. Children are also asked to wear traditional clothing such as:
Girls: Welsh Hat, shawl, apron and normally a white blouse and long black skirt.
Boys: Black jacket, white shirt and black trousers.
Traditional welsh delicacies such as cawl (a traditional broth or soup) are eaten. Although, more commonly these days, it is also known as a stew. Welsh cakes (a type of cake similar to scones) are also eaten, as well as Bara Brith (a type of fruit cake).
If you don’t fancy venturing to Wales but still want to get involved, then venues across London are holding their own St David’s day celebrations. Please click here for more details.
Alternatively, The London Welsh Centre in Bloomsbury (WC1X) are also holding festivities this evening including comedy sketches. You can join in for free but don’t worry, it’s all in English! For further information, please visit the Time Out website.
Either way, have a very happy Friday and an even happier St David’s day
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus 🙂
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