St David’s Day is just around the corner! March is certainly coming at us fast, which means all those in Wales are gearing up for the National Day of Wales.
March 1st is celebrated as the day of St David, of which celebrations will take place all over Wales and in fact all over the world. Those unfamiliar with Wales and the celebrations during this period are in for a great treat of culture and entertainment, whereby you’ll observe patriotic entertainment, traditional dress ups and the wearing of daffodils and leeks.
Locals reflect their patriotism and passion towards the Welsh Saint through parades, recitals, dances and other shows organised by local performance groups, religious organisations and school groups to continue St David’s traditions and legacy.
St David was known as the man that spread Christianity across Wales, having completed a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. He was made an Archbishop and spread the religion, with a base at St David’s Cathedral in North West Wales, just a short drive from Snowdonia Holiday Parks such as West Point Beach Resort.
He picked up a large following after he made the ground rise up beneath him whilst preaching, which allowed the huge crowd to all see and hear him. Following this event, people from all over the country made pilgrimages to his cathedral, as it was believed that his ability would help protect from the Normans.
The significance of the leek and daffodil is a question asked by many. So what exactly do they mean?
The leek is cited by Shakespeare as a symbol f of Wales, while Tudor guards were at one point required to wear them pinned to their clothing on March 1st. The 7th Century King Cadwaladr is also said to have sent his soldiers into battle wearing leeks, allowing the soldiers to easily identify who the enemy is.
Daffodils are a timely addition to March 1st, as nature seems to bring them into life around the same time as St David’s Day. This has meant that the wearing of daffodils has become a popular tradition, which stands strong to this day.
Aside from the leeks and daffodils, it’s common for women and school children to dress up in traditional Welsh clothing, signifying the strong Welsh traditions.
For those that get the chance to visit Wales during the period around St David’s Day, wandering around the towns will present you an enjoyable cultural experience, as will the choice to attend events in and around your local area.
Enjoying St David’s Day, or in fact any other Welsh festival or time of the year is the perfect chance to enjoy a relaxing break, with the option to explore nearby beautiful scenery, attractions and amenities in or around Snowdonia Holiday Parks.