March 1st in Wales .

St.Davids´Day past and present.

St.Andrew, for Scotland, , St. George, for England, St. Patrick for Ireland, and last but not least St David or dewi Sant in Welsh for Wales.

Great Britain is not a large country in its entirety, yet we still have our divisions , most noticable when Rugby or Football ae being played or on the Day of the patron saint of the 4 small countries within a Country.

In terms of having a real festive celebration I think the Irish Have it nailed., but for now let´s look at the 1st one in the calender year. March 1st.

WHO WAS ST. DAVID?.

Young Dewi (David in the Welsh language) was a Celtic monk in the 6th Century. He also became Abbot and Bishop, then Archbishop of Wales.

He was one of the early Christians who tried to preach Christianity to the Pagan Celts of Western Britain i.e. Wales.

There is a city called St.Davids´in the county of Pembrokeshire in West Wales. This is where Dewi grew up, being educated at a monastry. When Old enough to leave, he set about his missionary journeys with a group of friends.

This picture above is of the Cathedral of St. David in the ciy of St. David, Pembrokeshire, as it is today.

I remember taking my children there when they were perhaps a little too young to enjoy the visit as much as I did. A bit of a giveaway was when one of them asked why people were buried on top of their coffins in the Cathedral. However it is a beautiful place to visit and it is where St. David was buried.

The only reason for St.David being made a Saint, that I can find is the story of a young man who was resurrected from the dead by him (?)

Whatever the reason, the 1st day of March is still an important day on the Welsh calender.

Children go to school dressed in National costume, though I believe it is only the little children who do that now, unless you are attending an Eisteddfod. For the uninitiated an Eisteddford is more or less a folk festival with singing, dancing, poetry reading, eating drinking and all the usual other things that go with any festival. You will find, though that poetry and songs will always be in the welsh language. Don´t let that put you off if you have an opportunity to visit one. The further South you go in Wales, the more English is spoken.. By the time you get to the Capital , Cardiff, or most of the southern towns, it is more difficult to find someone who speaks WELSH:

The National St. Davids´Day Parade., will go through Cardiff on March 1st.

Soldiers from the Royal welsh Regiment, recently returned from Afghanistan , perform a Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Cardiff castle.

Similar parades go on in other Welsh cities. I´m sure a Merry time will be had by one and all who celebrate St. Davids´Day.

the type of tomb efigy that caused my children to think that we used to bury people OUTSIDE their cofins
the type of tomb efigy that caused my children to think that we used to bury people OUTSIDE their cofins

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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I was unaware there was a St. David's Day. This is an interesting Hub... I always enjoy learning something new! Thanks!


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you Scribenet. The North and West of wales is the most traditional and speaks mostly Welsh even today.

In the South , where I grew up not far from the capital Cardiff, English is everyones´1st language but Welsh is taught in school if you choose it. Mini school Eisteddfords were always a good laugh when I was in school. I´ve never been to the REAL one.

Thanks again for taking time to read and comment.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh yes our very important day St.David's Day.

My children boys an girls always went to school dressed up and now my grandchildren do the same.The girls have a daffodil pinned on them and the boys a Leek.

Myself and my sister were regulars at Eisteddfodau when we were small. Actually right here in Cardigan Castle(not much left now although the grounds are being restored now) is where the very first National Eisteddfod was held back in the 11th century by The Lord Rhys.

Thank you so much Dim for sharing this one;great work and I award you my 'up up and away!!'

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

What a wonderful comment. I do appreciate it. Thank you.

You have a good weekend too.


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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

I was in St. David's house in school and I remember celebrating our house day on March 1! We had maroon ties - is there some connection with the colour and St. David?


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Dim, I would love to see all the children dressed up in the national costume!

Thank you for this lovely interesting hub, really enjoyed it and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Feline prophet., thanks for the comment. I am not sure about marroon , but I do remember Dewi house at my schol was red. Close? If I find out I´ll let you know.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain Author

So glad you enjoyed the hub, movie Master. Somewhere amongst all the stuff we accumilate over the years, I know there is a pic of my daughter dressed for St Davids´day with a very large doll next to her, dressed the same. I´ll go hunting.

Take care and thanks again for the comment.

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