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.