Dydd Gwyl Dewi (Sant) Hapus
Picture children in national costume, red shawls and black chimney hats, along with colourful accessories of bright green leeks and yellow daffodils and that is just a taster for the sights that behold you in Wales on March 1st - St David's Day.
St David's Day is held each year in honour of St David, (Dewi Sant), the patron saint of Wales. The main event is held in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, however there are also parades in Aberystwyth, Wrexham and Llandudno, plus many of the country’s castles and heritage sites offer free events on the day.
Little is known about St David; legend has it that he went on a pilgrimage all the way to Jerusalem, where he was made an Archbishop. As word swiftly spread of his ability to make the earth rise beneath him, suggesting a power which could ward off the invading Normans, people began making their own pilgrimages to St David’s Cathedral, which he founded in West Wales in Britain's smallest city.
Here are a few facts about St David and St David's Day
- St. David died in 589.
- It wasn't until the 18th century that St David’s Day was declared a national day of celebration in Wales.
- Saint David is typically shown holding a dove, and often standing on a hill. His symbol is the leek.
- A Welsh stew, named Cawl and containing lamb and leeks, is traditionally consumed on St. David’s Day.
Below are some castles we can recommend for you to stay in close to or in Wales.
If you would like to enjoy the St David's Day festivities on March 1st, Thornbury Castle is located around a 45 minute drive from Cardiff.
If you can't make a visit on St David's Day, but you would like to sample the delights of Wales at another time, then Château Rhianfa, situated on the Menai Straits with views across Snowdonia, is an amazing place to stay.