Happy St David’s Day!
Saint David is the patron saint of Wales. It is the feast day of Saint David and falls on 1st March, the date of his death in 589 AD.
For centuries, 1st March has been a national festival. Saint David was recognised as a national patron saint in the 12th century at a peak time of Welsh resistance to the Normans.
Traditional festivities include wearing daffodils and leeks, recognised symbols of Wales and Saint David respectively, eating traditional Welsh food including cawl and Welsh rarebit, Welsh cakes and women wearing traditional Welsh dress.
Cawl is recognised as a national dish of Wales. Historically, ingredients tended to vary, but the most common recipes are with lamb or beef with leeks, potatoes, swedes, carrots and other seasonal vegetables.
Who was St David?
Saint David (Welsh: Dewi Sant) was born in Caerfai, south west Wales into an aristocratic family. David’s fame as a teacher and his asceticism spread among Celtic Christians, and he helped found about 12 monasteries.