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St David’s Day: Celebrating Wales

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus – How can you celebrate today?

What is St David’s Day?

We celebrate St David’s Day on the 1st of March every year. The celebration was officially made a public holiday in 2000 by the National Assembly for Wales.

Why and how do we celebrate it?

We celebrate St David, the patron saint of Wales, patron saints are chosen as guardians and protectors over all areas of life. People all over the world mark the day by wearing a daffodil or a leak, the national emblems of Wales. Across Wales and some parts of the world that celebrate St David’s Day people come together for parades and other celebrations to mark the day. As well as celebrations, across Wales many heritage sites open their doors for the day to welcome members of the public on this special day.

Who was St David?

St David was a well-known preacher who established monastic communities and churches in Wales, Brittany, and southwest England.

The National St David’s Day Parade at Cardiff

This year’s St David’s Day Parade will take place on March 1st, 2022.
At 12 p.m., meet at the Boulevard de Nantes end of King Edward VII Drive. At 12.30 p.m., the parade will begin.

This non-military parade provides a chance for all Welsh residents, regardless of age, ethnicity, or social status, to participate in a respectful and inventive celebration of Welsh heritage and culture.

They plan to convene at 12 p.m. in King Edward VII Avenue, between Cardiff City Hall and the Law Courts, in 2022, and begin the Parade at 1 p.m.

Caerphilly Castle

Take a visit to Caerphilly Castle right in the centre of Caerphilly, it is only second to Windsor in size. Coming in at an impressive 30 acres (three times the size of the home of Welsh rugby, the Principality Stadium) massive walls, towers, and gatehouses had to be coupled with extensive water defences in order to create an impenetrable fortress. Caerphilly Castle has stood the test of time, becoming a part of the Welsh landscape and imbedding itself in the culture of this great land.

Caerphilly Castle

St David’s Cathedral

A popular attraction today, for some reason. Built in the 6th century, this impressive feat of engineering has been home to religious practicing for the past 1500 years, with daily prayer taking place ever since it’s construction. St David founded his monastery in these grounds so it should definitely be on your list for places to visit today. But St David’s Day or not, a trip to this magnificent cathedral will never let you down.

St David’s Cathedral

St Fagans National Museum of History

A day out of St Fagans will keep you on your toes with surprises at the best of times, St David’s Day is no different. With activities running all day long, St Davids Day at St Fagans will have the whol family entertained.

Activites include:

  • Harp music and traditional folk dancing.
  • Free family craft activities.
  • Lambing season getting underway at Llwyn yr Eos Farm
St Fagans National Museum of History

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