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St David's Day

There's nothing more Welsh than St. David's Day, the feast and celebration that falls on 1st March and commemorates the patron saint of Wales, Saint David — a great figure in the 6th century, Welsh Age of Saints, founder of scores of religious communities, and the only native-born patron saint of the countries of Britain and Ireland.

To mark 1st March, Welsh people wear one or both of Wales's national emblems - a daffodil and a leek. Special concerts and parades are held in St David's honour, the main one being held on the day at St David's Hall in Cardiff, with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales performing traditional songs. In Swansea, Dylan Thomas’ home town there is this year a three-day festival of theatre, choral performances and a parade led by the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh.

Across the country, lots of towns and villages host their own parades and concerts, while many of the country's castles and heritage sites let people come to visit them for free. Many children wear traditional Welsh clothing and take part in dances.

Traditional food on this day may include Welsh Cakes – scones made on a griddle and sprinkled with caster sugar when warm, and Bara Brith – a rich fruit loaf best spread with butter.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus BMH3 - Happy St David's Day

This page last updated: 23 Feb 2021