HAPPY ST. DAVID'S DAY
Yes, I am back having recovered from the awful shock of starting another year! Today, is the 1st March and St. David's Day. St. David is the patron saint of Wales and he is remembered on this date annually as it was supposedly the date of his death round about 588 AD.
St. David's is a Cathedral and city or more like a village in the south of Wales, in Pembrokeshire. It owes its city status to having been a bishop's seat since the sixth century. It was founded by St. David in about 550 AD.
ST DAVID'S CATHEDRAL
The leek and the daffodil are both emblems of Wales and during the celebrations today most people will be wearing daffodils in their lapels and possibly leeks as well. The leek is used to remember how the Welsh won a battle against the Saxons which took place in a field of leeks. The Welsh think they wer lucky it was not in a field of cows! The celebrations include parades through towns, the main ones being in St David's and Cardiff; singing and dancing and naturally festive food!
David was educated in Cardiganshire and then went on pilgrimages, founding religious centres across Wales and England, including one at Glastonbury. When David died he told his devoted followers to: "Be cheerful and keep your faith and belief, and do the little things that you have heard and seen through me."
His remains are buried in the Cathedral, and it has became a popular place of pilgrimage.
So, whereever you are in the world today, think of St. David and the Welsh, if you can, wear a daffodil and celebrate with them.
Have a great week,