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    • While St. Patrick may be more well known in America, today is Saint David's day (Welsh: Dydd Gŵyl Dewi), who is the Patron Saint of Wales.

      The Feast Day falls on 1 March, the date of Saint David's death in 589 AD. The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th century (by Pope Callixtus II).

      One of the famous stories is from when he was speaking to a large crowd and someone in the crowd shouted: "We won't be able to see or hear him." Then, the ground David stood on is said to have risen up so that he was standing on a hill, making it easier for everyone to see him.

      A National St David's Day parade is held in the centre of Cardiff every year, with performances by dragons and theatre groups. Many children wear traditional Welsh clothing and take part in dances. Children in Wales take part in school concerts or eisteddfodau, with recitation and singing being the main activities.

      The flag of Saint David often plays a central role in the celebrations and can be seen flying throughout Wales. Popular dishes traditionally eaten on Saint David's Day include cawl (soup), bara brith tea loaf, lamb and Welsh rarebit.

    • Splendid! I didn't have St. Davy's Day marked on my calendar, but I am Welsh-American (great-great-grandparents came over in the 1880-90s).

      In fact, my genealogy attests to the popularity of David as a name in Wales. My great-great-grandpa went by his initials all his life because 'David Evans' was hardly specific enough to be practical among Welshmen (and Welsh immigrants to America). Meanwhile, my great-great-grandma's maiden name was Davies, the last name converted from the patronymic form, and it was INCREDIBLY hard finding her immigration records as the sheer number of 'Mary Davies' leaving the UK and arriving in the US in that time period was incredible!

      Very cool to hear about the celebration!

    • Great post, lula. I had never hear of St. David's Day. It seems so wild that a monk who lived on little more than bread and water would become a national hero centuries later. Wouldn't it be amazing to bring him back to see, if only for a day?

      So this is traditional Welsh dress?

    • Yes, that is the traditional dress of the Welsh. St David is the only one of the patron saints of UK that was born in the country that he is the saint of. St Patrick's day is more well know in America, and I assume that St George (saint of England) and St. Andrew (Scotland) may be partially know.

      I do know that Edward the Confessor (King Edward I of England was named after him, which would have been highly odd at the time due to the rarity of the name at the time, and had barely been used in 200 years) and Oswald of Northumbria used to be an important saints in England during the middle ages. However, Saint George become the saint most associated with England