St David’s Day

St David’s Day

The patron saint of Wales is celebrated on March 1st.  With the other Celtic nations hosting large scale and popular events to celebrate their national day, Wales, in recent years has increased the number of events and celebrations on or around 1st March.

Events are held not only in Wales but around the world.  In Cardiff, and other towns, a St David’s Day parade is held with many people participating whilst wearing a Welsh cilt (kilt). Children also take part in Eisteddfods which celebrate the culture of Wales with singing, dancing and poetry reciting. The children will often wear traditional costume. For the girls, comprising of long woollen skirt, white blouse, woollen shawl and a Welsh Hat. The boys will generally wear a rugby shirt, although traditional outfits are sometimes worn.

Around the world, St David’s day is recognised in the USA, where around 1.75 million people claim Welsh ancestry. The Empire State building in New York has, since 2003, been lit in the national colours of red, green and white. In Disneyland Paris a Welsh festival is held, with face painting, Welsh bands, a Welsh craft fair, and a red, green and white fireworks display. The national colours are shown in the Heritage of Wales tartan which is available as part of our budget kilt range and also as a scarf.

The Welsh dragon is a strong emblem for Wales along with the recognised symbols of the daffodil and the leek. We have a number of hip flasks and tankards with the Welsh dragon and the three feathers on and can engrave these with a personal message. There is no shortage of traditional drinks to fill these with, with Wales producing their own quality whisky, gin and vodka, or maybe a pint of Brains!

Just for a bit of fun, I’ve included a little Welsh lesson below with keywords for ordering your St David’s Day items.

English          Cymraeg

Kilt:                Cilt

Sporran         Ysgrepan

Hip Flask      Fflasg clun

Tankard       Tancard

So whether your drinking from a tancard or a fflasg clun on St David’s Day we’ll all toast Iechyd da! (Cheers!)

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