The Symbols and Emblems of Wales
The Symbols and Emblems of Wales. Part of the culture of people in a certain place are their national emblems and symbols. it is what make or tie them as a nation. Wales as a nation is an example of a place with lots of this symbols and emblems.
Wales is located in United Kingdom and it is a part of it and bordered by the England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish sea to the east.
Iit is amusing to look at national emblems and symbols of different people in a place. it is their pride and they are very proud of their legacy as well. Welsh people are said to have the one of the most patriotic people in the world. They have their national emblems and symbols like Red Dragon, St. Davids Flag, their national flag, leeks, daffodils, Celtic knots, cawl and lots of other things.
Every March ist of the year Wales celebrate St. Davids day and this is considered a big celebration and national in preparation and character. It is then interesting to look at the symbols and emblem of Wales to have a good look at their culture.
Join me in looking at some of Welsh peoples symbols and emblems, it is an interesting look and appreciation of a true Welsh spirit.
The Symbols and Emblems of Wales
St David's Day celebration
- St David is the patron saint of the Welsh people.
- Saint David, or Dewi Sant --- known in the Welsh language, is the patron saint of Wales. He was a Celtic monk -- abbot and bishop as well , who lived in the sixth century. During his life, he was the archbishop of Wales, and he was one of many early saints who helped to spread Christianity among the pagan Celtic tribes of western UK.
- On that day St Davids Day which is usually celebrated on March ist every year, they celebrate it by parades, several food festivals and also highlighting the produce of Wales plus musicale and sporting events. Several parades are held in different places in Wales like Cardiff, Swansea , Colwyn Bay etc.
The Flag of Wales
- The Flag of Wales consists of a "Red Dragon" in a green and white field and sometimes the dragon is not a standard and there are many variations. The flag incorporates the red dragon of "Cadwaladr" -- King of Gwynedd, and with the Tudor colors of white and green -- It was said to be used by Henry VII at the "Battle of the Bosworth" -- in 1485 after which it was carried in state to the Cathedral of St. Paul. "The red dragon was then included in the Tudor royal arms to signify their Welsh descent and it was officially recognized as the Welsh national flag in 1959" --
St Davids Flag
- The Flag of St David is a gold cross on a black sheet although sometimes it is the other way around. They also say it is with an engrailed cross. It is used to represent Wales sometimes as an alternative to the "Red Dargons" flag.
Many Welsh people wear one or both of the national emblems of Wales on their lapel to celebrate St. David, the flower daffodil - a generic Welsh symbol which is in season during March. It has become the more favoured emblem of Wales. It was St David's favourite flower they say and St. David is the patron saint of Wales.
- The leek is known to have been displayed as a Welsh emblem in 1536 and in Henry V. "Shakespeare acknowledged this as an ancient custom. One legend tells of a battle between the Welsh and the Saxons fought in a field of leeks. At some time in the past, the leek was an important part of the diet but it is not commonly eaten today. It is delicious when part of the traditional leek and potato soup ---
- "Leek is linked to St. David because he ordered his soldiers to wear them on their helmets when they fought a victorious battle against the pagan Saxons in a field full of leeks. the second reason which is more likely, however, that the leek was linked with St. David and adopted as a national symbol because of its importance to the national diet in days of old, particularly in Lent".
- Celtic knots are a variety of endless knots and stylized graphical representation and it is mainly used for decorations and which was adapted by the Celtics in Wales. "These knots are most known for their adaptation for use in the ornamentation of Christian monuments and manuscripts".
- Cawl -- is considered the national dish of Wales and of course there is variation to it. It contains meat and it is cut into bits and pieces and it is sometimes mutton or lamb, beef, pork or bacon, the bacon is also added as a pair with other meat. The vegetables used also may vary, leeks are usually included, as are -- potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, parsnip and turnip.
National Costume -- Dress
- “The costume regarded as national dress is based on clothing worn by Welsh countrywomen during the early nineteenth century, namely a striped flannel petticoat, worn under a flannel open-fronted bedgown, with an apron, shawl and kerchief or cap".
- Welsh people love music, and wales long before is traditionally referred to as "The Land of the Song" "This is a modern stereotype based on 19thcentury conceptions of Non-conformist choral music and 20th century male voice choirs, Eisteddfodau and arena singing, such as sporting events."
- Wales is known for its folk music and their music is somewhat related to the music in Scotland and Ireland. it is a unique kind of music and it is often played during "folk dance session", traditional party and "folk festival"
- "Modern Welsh folk musicians have sometimes reconstructed traditions which had been suppressed or forgotten, and have competed with imported and indigenous rock and pop trends". Music in Wales is often connected with " male voice choirs and it is popular all over the world. "This tradition of choral singing has been expressed through sporting events, especially in the country's national sport of "rugby" , which in 1905 saw the first singing of a national anthem, Wales' Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, at the start of an international sporting encounter"
Castle in Wales
- Wales is known as "the castle capital of the World". It is a great reminder of the medieval period. It has about 400 castles all in all and at least 100 of them are still standing and composed of ditches mounds and earthworks.
National sport in Wales is rugby.
There you go, the emblems and symbols of Wales and their culture which is so rich they have the reason to be proud of.
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