Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus
Happy Saint David’s Day! Yep, it’s that time of year again when we Welsh remember someone we only know the name of… Woohoo… Thanks to ex-PM Tony Blair, it’s not recognised as a national holiday (even after we literally made the Labour party a century ago! The cheek!)
Anywho, no matter, ’tis life. According to Wikipedia, since the death of Dewi Sant (Dewi = David, Sant = Saint) in 589 the Welsh have celebrated his deathday. From personal experience (not Wikipedia’s) March 1 is a day full of traditional ceremonies, dress and nationalism. The main festival associated with Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant is the Eisteddfod, a tradition going back to the early C12th where the arts are celebrated. The eisteddfod is also enjoyed in Australia and Argentina on March 1st. It’s an exciting time!
But it only get’s truly traditional when the traditional dress is worn. Thankfully for boys, the traditional dress of welsh kilts and tartan have long gone (opting for rugby shirts instead) but for girls this is not the case. Every March 1st that falls on a school day, the girls dress up in traditional dress much to their embarrassment but to the amusement of family and friends – it’s all a bit of fun (although some earlier welsh traditions encouraged discrimination of women and red heads – don’t worry you two, they’re gone…for now…!)
Surprisingly, Wales has a very dark and sinister history, especially with pre-Christianity involving human and animal sacrifice – Come to Wales*!
I hope this has been an insightful glance into the life of a Welsh person. ‘Til next time – Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant Hapus!
*as long as you are not English, a woman or have red hair. If you suffer with all or any these undesirables then there are steps you can take, go to the website… www.helpicantstepafootinwales.co.uk/undesirables … nah, only kidding!