St David’s Day is the national day of Wales, celebrated on 1st March in honour of the Welsh patron saint Dewi Sant (St David) who died on this date in 589AD. Welsh people across the world celebrate St David’s Day and wear a leek or daffodil, which are the national symbols for Wales, to mark the day. But that’s not the only way the Welsh celebrate their national day; across Wales there are lots of parades and festivities taking place, too. Here are 5 ways to celebrate St David’s Day: 1. Watch the Annual St David’s Day Parade in Cardiff, South Wales Started 10 years ago, the annual St David’s Day Parade takes place on 1st March in the compact capital city of Cardiff. The big and bright parade weaves its way through a decorated city centre and features giant figures of St David, the Red Dragon and Owain Glyndw. Spectators line the streets and follow the colourful banners, St David flags, Welsh fiddlers, giant daffodils and dancers before gathering for a rendition of the Welsh National Anthem. The parade is the first event in the Cardiff St David’s Festival, which also includes a St David’s Day market, Welsh dinner at Ffresh and concerts in St David’s Hall and Wales Millennium centre. 2. Eat a Welsh cake hot off the bakestone, South Wales These traditional little cakes are a real teatime treat and St David’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge. You can buy them at Fabulous Welshcakes in Cardiff Bay where they're cooked fresh on the bakestone in front of you. If you’re not in Wales, have a go at making them yourself using this traditional Welsh cake recipe. 3. Free entry to house tours at Plas Newydd Country House & Gardens, North Wales To celebrate St David’s Day on 1st March you can get a free tour of the the National Trust’s Plas Newydd Country House if you turn up wearing a daffodil. Set in beautiful grounds, this elegant house on the shores of the Menai Strait in North Wales commands glorious views of Snowdonia and Anglesey. Take a tour of this impressive house to see its fine 1930s interiors and famous Rex Whistler paintings. 4. Visit St Davids the UK’s smallest city, West Wales Take a short break in the city which is named after the Welsh patron saint St David, which also happens to be the UK’s smallest city. St David's population is just over 1,600 and it’s located on the far south west coast of Pembrokeshire surrounded by stunning scenery. A top attraction is the magnificent Cathedral of St Davids where St David is buried. It became a popular place of pilgrimage and it was said that two pilgrimages to St David’s equalled one to Rome. 5. Celebrate Welsh culture & heritage at St David's Week Swansea, West Wales A one of its kind week-long festival in the city of Swansea to celebrate all things Welsh. It’s the perfect time to discover Swansea’s many attractions as the city celebrates Welsh culture and traditions with musical concerts at Swansea Grand Theatre, Welsh films and dancing in Brangwyn Hall and Celtic traditions at the Gower Heritage Centre. This is a guest post by Visit Wales. To keep up to date on other events, attractions and news, Like Wales on Facebook. Images: St Davids Festival © Visit Wales, Welshcakes © zingyyellow, Plas Newydd © steeljam, St Davids Cathedral © Derek N Winterburn
Celebrate all things Welsh on St David’s Day
Monday 27 February 2012
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