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Saint David’s Day – Wales Official Holiday

Saint David’s Day – Wales Official Holiday

Saint David’s Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales. Celebrated on 1st March, the date of Saint David’s death in 589 AD, it is Wales official holiday.

Customs and Traditions

Customs include the wearing of daffodils and leeks. Since daffodils are a recognised symbol of Wales and leeks are a recognised symbol of Saint David.

Additional customs include the wearing of traditional Welsh dress, partaking in local parades and concerts and eating traditional Welsh food.

Woman wearing a traditional Welsh dress

Woman in traditional Welsh dress (Source: Wikimedia Commons)


Saint David's Day parade in Cardiff

Saint David’s Day parade in Cardiff (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Traditional Welsh food typically includes cawl, or Welsh rarebit.

Cawl
A soup or broth made with lamb or beef, as well as leeks, potatoes, swedes, carrots and other seasonal vegetables.

Cawl a traditional Welsh dish

Cawl a traditional Welsh dish (Source: Wikimedia Commons )

Welsh rarebit
A hot savoury cheese sauce as well as other ingredients, poured over toasted bread.

Despite the name ‘Welsh rarebit’ there is no rabbit meat in the dish.

Welsh rarebit a traditional Welsh dish

Welsh rarebit a traditional Welsh dish (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The Saint David’s Day / Leydon Logo

The Leydon logo has been adapted to symbolise the flag of Saint David.

Saint David’s flag is a yellow/gold cross on a black background, similar to Saint George’s flag.

The Leydon logo has then been placed in the canton space of the flag (the top hoist corner).

The canton space of a flag is often used to show affiliation, or unity to the country, or organisation occupying it.

Common Wealth countries flags, such as Australia and New Zealand, are a good example of this, as the Union Jack occupies their flags canton space.

Saint David's Day Leydon Logo Design

Saint David’s Day Leydon Logo Design

However you’re celebrating, whoever you’re celebrating with, we hope you have a great day!

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus (Happy St David’s Day)!

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