St. David’s day iscelebrated in Walesand by Welsh people all over the world. St. David’s iscelebrated on the 1stof March every year.
St. David is said to have died on the 1st of Marchin 589 and this is why the date of 1st March is chosen as the national day of celebrations for the Welsh.
Who was St. David? He was the son of Sant and was descendedfrom the royal house of Ceredigion. St. David’s mother was Non. She was the daughter of Cynyr ofCaio who is remembered by churches and holy wells in Wales.
• St. David is also known as Dewi Sant.• St. David is famous because he lived aCeltic monk, an abbot and a bishop.• He also became the Archbishop of Wales.
When St. David was the archbishop ofWales he helped to spread Christianityamong the people of western Britain.
St. David was thought to havebeen a very gentle person who lived a frugal life.It is said that he ate mostly bread and herbs. Despite this simple diet, it wasalso said that he wastall and very strong.
What did St. David do? St. David travelled on missionary journeysthroughout Wales, where he established several churches. He also travelled to the south and west of England and Cornwall as well asBrittany in France. It is also possible that he visited Ireland.
St. David had twofriends who were the Saints Padarn andTeilo. They are said to have oftenfollowed St. David on his journeys. Once they went together on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to meetthe Patriarch (or the ‘Head’ Bishop).
St. David is sometimes known, in Welsh, as Dewi Ddyfrwr (David the Water Drinker). Water was an important part of his life because it is said that is all he drank.Sometimes, St. Davidwould stand up to hisneck in a lake of cold water.
St. David founded a monastery atGlyn Rhosyn (Rose Vale) which is onthe banks of the River Alun. It was where thecathedral city of St. David stands today.
St. David’s monastery was very strict and the brothers had towork very hard as wellas pray and celebrate masses.The monks had to get up very early in the morning for prayersand afterwards they worked very hard in the monastery.
How is St. David’s Day celebrated?On St. Davids Daymany towns have a parade each yearthrough the centre of town. Concerts are alsoheld in pubs, clubs, concert halls and theatres.
Children in Wales takepart in school concerts or ’eisteddfodau’.These are festivals of literature, music and performances with readings and singing.
This is the flag of St. David which is flown in the celebrations.Cawl or Welsh broth is also made and eaten on St. David’s Day.