Saint David's Day

Published on 01 March 2011 08:00 AM

Today – 1 March, is Saint David’s Day.

Here are as few facts about Saint David and Saint David’s Day:

  • Saint David, or Dewi Sant - which is his name in Welsh, is the Patron Saint of Wales.
  • Saint David was born in the sixth century in Capel Non in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.
  • Saint David was the son of Non and father of Sant, who was the son of Ceredig – the King of Ceredigion.   
  • Saint David was a Christian missionary who travelled extensively across Wales.
  • Saint David helped spread Christianity among the pagan Celtic tribes of Western Britain.
  • Saint David died in 589 and his body was buried in the grounds of his monastery where St David’s Cathedral now stands.
  • Saint David’s Day has been celebrated since 1120.
  • Saint David was recognised as a national patron saint during the height of Welsh resistance to the Normans.
  • The flag of St David is a yellow cross against a black background.
  • It is a custom on St David’s Day to wear either a leek or a daffodil, which are both national emblems of Wales.

Happy Saint David's Day from everyone at Age Cymru.


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