St. Davidís Day 1st March Patron Saint of Wales

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St David ( Dewi Sant ) was a Celtic Monk, Abbot and Bishop, who lived in the sixth century. He spread the word of Christianity across Wales.

The most famous story about St. David tells how he preached to a large crowed and the ground rose up so that he was standing on a hill so that it was easier for everyone to see and hear him. St. Davidís Day is celebrated by wearing Daffodils or Leeks. Both plants are regarded as national emblems.

There are many explanations as to how a leek became a national emblem. One is that St. David told the Welsh army on the eve of a battle with the Saxons, to wear leeks in their caps so that they could distinguish friends from enemy. Shakespeare also mentions in Henry V, that the Welsh archers wore leeks at the battle of Agincourt in 1415. On St. Davidís day children dress in their national costume, with their tall black hats, white frilled cap and long dress.

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