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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Saint David's Day in Wales




Seasonally the ACS Daffodil Days concide with Saint David's Day -- March 1 in Wales -- where traditionlly every Welsh person worth his or her salt celebrates St. David, or Sant Dewi, the Patron Saint of Wales, and daffodils are liberally given to all women and girls. " Dewi is sometimes known, in Welsh, as 'Dewi Ddyfrwr' (David the Water Drinker) and, indeed, water was an important part of his life - he is said to have drunk nothing else. Sometimes, as a self-imposed penance, he would stand up to his neck in a lake of cold water, reciting Scripture. Little wonder, then, that some authors have seen Dewi as an early Puritan!" On St. David's day children still go to school on St. David's Day in traditional dress (for girls): Today the costume is usually worn by young girls and women throughout Wales on St David's Day.  

walesfly.gifI received this email 6-30-2015 and would like to properly acknowledge it: "I notice that you have a sketch of Gwenllian Llwyd (Welsh Costume Feb 28 2012) on your blog. That image was originally taken from my web site http://augustaladyllanover.coffeecup.com/gwenllian.htmand I would appreciate an acknowledgement and /or a link to my web site. The sketch was given to me by the artist himself, a descendant of Gwenllian Llwyd." (Helen Forder <helenforder@homecall.co.uk>)

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