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St. David's Day

Daffodil, the national flower of Wales
Daffodil - The national flower of Wales

Happy St. David's Day to all my Welsh viewers! For non-Welsh viewers, St. David is the patron saint of Wales and March 1st, which marks the day when he died in 589 AD, is a day of celebrations and events across Wales.

St. David was a famous Welsh preacher who founded churches and monasteries and is said to have performed many miracles. He was a vegetarian and a legend states that he only ate leeks and drank water which is possibly why the leek became a national symbol for Wales (there are however many stories about how the leek became Wales' national symbol!) During the Tudor times, on March 1st, guards would wear a leek on their uniform in honour of St. David. In the 1800s, the flower: the daffodil, became a popular symbol for Wales - possibly because it flowers in spring around the time of St. David's Day - and so today in Wales you can find people wearing either a daffodil or a leek to mark St. David's Day.

On cue for this special day, some of the daffodils in Bath have started to flower. Bath is quite close to Wales, on a clear day we can see the bridges that connect England to Wales on the horizon.

I shall end this post with a great Welsh saying that is derived from one of St. David's sermons: "Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd" - which means "Do the little things in life". Happy St. David's Day everyone.

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