Saint David’s Day – Wales Official Holiday
26 Feb 2019
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.
Traditional Welsh food typically includes cawl, or Welsh rarebit.
A soup or broth made with lamb or beef, as well as leeks, potatoes, swedes, carrots and other seasonal vegetables.
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.
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.
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)!