Celebrating St David’s Day!
The Welsh community comes together to commemorate St David, the patron saint of Wales, who died on March 1 in 589 AD and the National Day of Wales.
St. David’s Day has been celebrated since David’s canonisation since the 12th century by Pope Callixtus II.
St. David is said to have been educated in Cardiganshire before making his way to Jerusalem, where he was appointed as Archbishop.
After his pilgrimages, he is said to have settled in Glyn Rhosyn (St David’s) in south-west Wales. Here he established a religious community.
The cathedral of St David’s became a famous centre of pilgrimage and stands in the county of Pembrokeshire, on the original site of St David’s 6th century monastic settlement.
David was officially recognised as a Catholic saint in 1120, and the day of his death was decreed as a national festival in the 18th century.
His last words to his followers, still repeated to this day, were “Be joyful, keep the faith, do the little things you have seen me do”.
Many people mark St David’s Day on 1 March by wearing a leek or a daffodil, the national emblems of Wales, or by displaying the flag of St David, which features a yellow cross on a black background.
Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic may have an impact on large celebrations across Wales, and around the world where its diaspora communities reside including Australia, there will be gatherings and reflection on the stories of St Davids life and teachings.
President of the Welsh Society of WA Inc, Mr Hugh Bevan said:
“The Welsh community is a small but growing and passionate community, and we pride ourselves on celebrating our nation’s history, heritage and culture. St. David’s Day is a special day, and we will be commemorating this day with a lunch and toast to Dewi Sant, St. David.”
“On this day Welsh societies around the world send greetings to each other which creates an increasingly wider network of Welsh people worldwide.” He adds.
During this time some some of the traditional ways to celebrate included wearing daffodils and leeks, the perceived images of Wales and Saint David respectively.
The Welsh translation of “Happy St David’s Day” is “Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus”.
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. England borders it to its east, the Irish Sea to its north and west, and the Bristol Channel to its south.
The population of those with Welsh ancestry in Australia is 113,242 plus. Source: 2006 Australian census
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