10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ST DAVID'S DAY
Added on: 1st Mar 2015
TODAY IS ST DAVID'S DAY. SO TO CELEBRATE,
HERE ARE 10 THINGS YOU REALLY OUGHT TO KNOW
ABOUT THE WELSH NATIONAL DAY.
1. St David’s Day falls every year on March 1.
This was the date patron saint of Wales,
St. David died in 589.
2. It wasn’t until the 18th century though that
St David’s Day was declared a national day of
celebration in Wales.
3. Saint David is typically depicted holding a dove,
and often standing on a hillock.
His symbol is the leek.
4. In 2007 Tony Blair rejected calls for
St. David’s Day to become a Welsh national holiday,
despite a poll saying that 87% of
Welsh people wanted a March 1 holiday.
5. A Welsh stew, named Cawl and containing
lamb and leeks, is traditionally consumed on
St. David’s Day.
6. Across Wales on Mar 1 St. David’s Day
parades take place, and in bigger cities
food festivals, concerts and street parties also occur.
7. 2009 saw the inaugural St. David’s
Week festival in Swansea,
a week-long event featuring music,
sporting and cultural events.
8. Bizarrely, Disney's Mickey and Minnie turned
Welsh in 2010 when the St David's
Welsh Festival at Disneyland Paris began.
9. Also in 2010 X Factor finalist Rhydian Roberts
performed in Swansea alongside the
Chamber Orchestra of Wales and the
Morriston Orpheus Choir to celebrate
St. David’s Day.
10. Despite the fact that Saint David abstained
from drinking and advised others to do the same,
a number of Welsh breweries make special
St. David’s Day ales.
Cardiff brewers Brains describe theirs as
“a light, daffodil coloured ale, dry hopped with
Styrian Goldings to create a thirst quenching
spring ale with a refreshing bite and dry hop aroma.’