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Happy St David's Day, 1 March

The date of St David's Day is today, 1 March - every year. The date never changes, so it's one of the easier Saints Days to remember, if you care to. St David is the patron saint of Wales. St David was a real person - and he died in 589. The daffodil is the typical symbol of St David's Day, so many people will be wearing daffodils, daffodil prints, or daffodil brooches and badges.

Today, in Wales, people celebrating St David's Day will typically look to be eating a Welsh Lamb Stew called Cawl, which is a weak stock containing lamb, potatoes, swede, carrots, potatoes, leeks and parsnips. This is an easy dish to make where you simply put a neck of lamb into water, simmer it for 20 minutes before removing it and taking the meat off and putting it back into the water, then adding the other ingredients, one at a time, every 20 minutes - finishing with a 20 minute boil of them all with the lid on.

Mostly celebrated only in Wales, and in a few Welsh communities worldwide, the date is an excuse to get together for events, festivals and days out and with 1 March being on a weekend this year that makes it easier for organisers to pull in large crowds. It's strange though that St David didn't drink alcohol - yet so many St David's Day Ales and all day drinking parties are held!

The Welsh for St David's Day is Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant.

So - Happy St David's Day, whether you're Welsh or not - or eating Cawl or not - it's a day of celebration in Wales!



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Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 1, 2015, 4:16 AM

Only yesterday I saw my neighbour had daffodils in flower, mine are all still without. Mwynhewch y diwrnod emoticon :grin:

MegL wrote on March 1, 2015, 7:33 AM

I have one daffodil out for St David's day. My father use to make Cawl for our tea, coming home from school and my grandmother made bara brith and welsh cakes.

Kasman wrote on March 1, 2015, 8:35 AM

I knew David was the patron saint of Wales but i didn't know when St David's day was - now I do.

maxeen wrote on March 1, 2015, 9:05 AM

My garden is full of daffodils, and they are all over the woods.

UK_Writer wrote on March 1, 2015, 9:25 AM

Peidiwch byth â meddwl - efallai y flwyddyn nesaf !

UK_Writer wrote on March 1, 2015, 9:26 AM

That sounds idyllic. Memories seem to so often be centred around food that was cooked for us. We're greedy beggars :)

UK_Writer wrote on March 1, 2015, 9:27 AM

I thought you were saying "I knew David...." and thought "My word you must be old" :)

UK_Writer wrote on March 1, 2015, 9:27 AM

They're very pretty. I have none here. I've lived in places before where they were everywhere, along the road verges, both wild and planted. They're really a "spring is here" sign

GayleStorm wrote on March 1, 2015, 12:14 PM

Thanks for sharing this holiday. I needed a bit of the brightness of daffodils today.

peachpurple wrote on March 3, 2015, 5:32 AM

it is almost like the irish stew, st patrick's day? Lamb stew, must be your favorite