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On the 1st of March of every year, people in Wales and those of Welsh origin in honor of the Welsh culture celebrate the life of their patron saint, St David. During the remembrance or the celebration of this occasion, the same people of Welsh would pin a daffodil or leek to their clothes and some, especially children, wear traditional costumes, which adds much more color to the occasion.
Is St. David’s Day a Public Holiday?
St. David’s Day is not recognized as a public holiday in the United Kingdom. It falls on Sunday, 1st of March, and most businesses often follow regular Sunday opening hours in the United Kingdom in the art of recognizing the occasion.
What Do People Do?
As it is shared with the Welsh of Wales as well as Canada and the United States of America, St David occasion is recognized on the 1st March yearly. Some activities persist on this day the places aforementioned; people attend special church services, parades, choral recitals, or Welsh literature readings. Schools plan celebrations, often involving choirs, on D-day. In the course of the celebration of this occasion, there is often the display of the Welsh flag, which has a red dragon on a white and green background, is displayed prominently, and a festive mood prevails. Children, particularly girls, and some adults wear traditional costumes. However, people may consider pinning a daffodil or a leek to their clothes as these are symbols of Wales. The conventional or local meal on St David’s Day is known as cawl. This is a soup that is prepared for leek and other locally grown produce.
Life in this day
St David’s Day is not recognized as a public holiday even in the United Kingdom or countries such as Canada and the United States of America. So, government offices, schools, post offices and businesses are open for their regular activities. However, it is a day of celebration as many schools are often elevating it, institutions, and even companies have a unique program for the occasion on D-day. Some villages and towns could hold special parades, so there may be some local disruption to traffic or public transport even though it is not officially considered to permit such.
Some history of St David’s Day
St David plays a significant role in Welsh culture, but little is known about his life. It is understood that he lived for 100 years and died in 589, and the first documentation on his life only appeared around five hundred years after his death.
This is the reason it is difficult to tell which aspects of the St David’s story is real and which is legendary –as being healthy and frugal. His parents were Sant, the grandson of a prince of Ceredigion in south-west Wales, and Non, a niece of the legendary King Arthur.
It is recorded that he traveled widely throughout Wales, Cornwall in the south-west of England, Brittany in France, and possibly to Ireland and Jerusalem. It was also established that he founded several churches and a monastery in Wales and eventually became an archbishop.
St David was canonized in 1120, and the 1st of March was included in the church calendar as St David’s Day. He was being visited by pilgrimages to him his monastery after he was canonized. A cathedral still stands on its original site even to this day.
Each year in Wales, Saint David is commemorated in parades, the largest of which often takes place in Cardiff. The ceremony is recognized as a non-military celebration of Welsh heritage and culture. This celebration is known, and their return from a six-month tour of Afghanistan, soldiers from the Royal Welsh Regiment provided the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Cardiff Castle’s south gate on 27 and 28 February 2010.
On the 1st of March, 2010, the seventh National Saint David’s Day Parade took place in Cardiff city center. Concerts, a parade, and a food festival (comprising all Welsh produce) were held as part of the critical events in celebrating Saint David.
The food festival always runs from the 26th of February with the third annual. Immediately after the parade, several Welsh entertainers performed, and in the evening, Cardiff Central Library provided free entertainment and food.
Apart from the primary locations where this occasion is being recognized, several other towns hold an annual parade through the center in the city. Concerts are held in pubs, clubs, and other venues. In the village of Colwyn Bay in north Wales, an annual parade through the center of town is now held with several hundred citizens and schoolchildren taking part.
Other events are centered on the ceremony. The town of Prestatyn closes the top of the High Street for local schools to participate in Welsh singing and local fundraising. More so., there is also Swansea inaugurated a St David’s Week festival in 2009 with a range of musical, sporting and cultural events held throughout the city to mark the national day.