St David is the Patron Saint of Wales. People in Wales and those of Welsh origin celebrate the life of their patron saint, St David, and the Welsh culture on March 1st each year. St. David was a Welsh bishop during the 6th century. Many people pin a daffodil to their clothes and some, especially children, wear traditional costumes. Across Wales, there are parades on St. David’s Day. Traditional Welsh dishes are also served – like roast lamb or rarebit.
Not everyone in Wales celebrates St David’s Day the same way. Here is what one Welsh Daddy said when his children interviewed him about how he celebrated when he was younger:
Q: Can you remember what you used to do on St. David’s Day when you were little?
Daddy: Yeah, we used to do stuff at school.
Q: Did you have any special food on St. David’s Day?
Daddy: Yes, the Welsh cakes! But we had them all year too!
Q: Did you do any special activities for St. David’s Day?
Daddy: There was a special day at school where the girls dressed up and the boys had a small daffodil pinned to them. We used to have our class photo taken and it would be put in the paper. You can see me in one of them on the Internet still!
St David’s Day is a lovely opportunity to learn a little about Welsh culture and do some fun activities with your children. Here are some ideas:
Bake some Welsh goodies such as Welsh Cakes or traditional Bara brith.
Paint daffodils or make some daffodil themed crafts.
Investigate leeks and make some leek and potato soup,
Make some red Welsh dragons from the Welsh Flag!
Learn how to say ‘Happy St David’s Day,’ in Welsh. ‘Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus.’ (Roughly pronounced as ‘deeth goil Dewi hapeece.’
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