St David is the patron saint of Wales who died on this day in 589 AD. The first of March is a day of celebration in Wales. Usually, St David’s Day is a day of parades, concerts and eisteddfodau (festivals of music, language and culture). Although St David’s Day in lockdown might look a bit different, you’re still invited to join by Visit Wales to join in.
Wales is a beautiful country rich in culture, history and spectacular scenery. Around 3.1 million people live here, in a land of amazing geographical diversity. Around a quarter of Wales, from the mountains to the sea, is designated a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
As a child growing up in Wales, I remember the excitement of dressing up in traditional costume to go to school. I’d wear a daffodil picked from our garden and pinned to my top; I would wear it with pride. Daffodils and leeks are national emblems, along with red dragons and carved love spoons.
At the morning assembly on 1st March, we’d sing the national anthem with extra fervour while one of the teachers pounded out the tune for “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” (Land of My Fathers) on a battered piano. The smell of so many leeks and daffodils would be over-powering!
Be joyful and keep the faith. Do those little things you have seen and heard from me – St David, patron saint of Wales.
St David’s words resonate with me, and I hope they do with you too. Down the centuries, they seem to say ‘cerddwch malaen’ meaning ‘keep going’ as there’s a brighter future ahead.
So, do the little things every day. Hug a loved one, breath in the fresh air, read a good book, cook up a storm in the kitchen, look at the spring flowers – and especially the daffodils as they bloom.
Whatever you do, enjoy each moment as the little things add up and can change the world.
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