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Hapus Dydd Gŵyl Dewi! (Happy St David’s Day!)

St David’s Day is celebrated every year on 1 March.

It is the day when the people of Wales (or Cymru in Welsh), and others around the world, celebrate their patron saint, St David.

On the day, many people choose to wear Welsh national symbols, like a daffodil or leek. The original national emblem of Wales was the Leek (Cenhinen), over the years this was often confused with a very similar Welsh word Cehhinen Bedr which means daffodils and so the daffodil was adopted as a second emblem of Wales.

On St David’s Day, children enjoy traditional Welsh dances, sing Welsh folk songs (not just Tom Jones) and recite Welsh poems, and take part in school concerts or eisteddfodau. They might eat Welsh food like Welsh Rarebit (a kind of fancy cheese on toast) or Cawl (a traditional Welsh lamb stew that’s hearty and delicious, especially if you crumble in some Caerphilly cheese!).

Wales loves rugby and in recent years, including at last year’s European Championships, have gotten quite good at football thanks to a certain Gareth Bale and co. Snowdon (or Yr Wyddfa), is the highest peak in Wales at 1085 m and the principality is said to contain more castles per square mile than any other country in the world. Wales is often termed “the land of song” due mainly to its famous male voice choirs.

Hapus Dydd Gŵyl Dewi! (Happy St David’s Day!)

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