Added on: 1st Mar 2014
NOW MARCH 1 IS CELEBRATED BY SCHOOLS AND CULTURAL SOCIETIES
THROUGHOUT WALES. IT IS THE CUSTOM ON THAT DAY TO WEAR
EITHER A LEEK OR A DAFFODIL - TWO OF THEIR NATIONAL EMBLEMS –
AND FOR YOUNG GIRLS TO WEAR THE NATIONAL COSTUME.
Legend has it that St David ordered his soldiers to wear leeks on their
helmets during a battle against the Saxons during the sixth century,
while the Battle of Crecy, in 1346, featured loyal and brave Welsh archers
who fought in a field of leeks.
By 1536, when Henry VIII gave a leek to
his daughter on 1 March, they were already associated with St David's Day.
It is possible that the green and white family colours adopted by the
Tudors were taken from their liking for the leek.