Happy St David’s Day from the WSA

Whether you’re donning traditional Welsh dress or simply a daffodil on your jumper, baking delicious Welsh cakes or eating them, belting out the Welsh national anthem or enjoying a colourful parade – or even doing nothing in particular – the Welsh Sports Association (WSA) would like to wish you a very happy St David’s Day; Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!

St David’s Day is a celebration of the patron saint of Wales, who was a great figure during the sixth century. A founder of religious communities, the inspiration for place names around Europe courtesy of his role in spreading Christianity across the continent, and the subject of admirative music and literature, Saint David is a hugely popular figure in Welsh culture.

Having passed away on March 1st 589, David would eventually be canonised by Pope Callixtus in the 12th century to become a Saint – and we have celebrated St David’s Day ever since.

March 1st is one of the most colourful days of the year in Wales. While the basis of it is to remember a beloved figure in Welsh history, modern times have seen the meaning of St. David’s Day extend to a celebration of anything and everything Welsh.

Taking in interactive and exciting events hosted by Wales’ national museums; strolling through the National Trust’s beautifully-daffodilled gardens; visiting awe-inspiring castles across the country; treating your ears to Welsh song from past and present at St David’s Hall (obviously) in Cardiff; enjoying any of numerous imaginative and vibrant parades up and down Wales; cooking and eating traditional Welsh dishes and leaving the pancakes to dessert – these are just a few ways in which you can immerse yourself in Welsh culture and discover more about the person on whom St David’s Day is based!

Find out more about the day and what you could do here.

Whatever you choose to do on this celebratory day, however, we at WSA would like to wish you a very happy St David’s Day; Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!

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