Happy St. David's Day

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 01 Mar, 2016

Dydd Gwŷl Dewi (Sant) haps.

St David is the patron saint of Wales and March 1 is a day of celebration of both St David’s life and of the Welsh culture.

St David plays a very important role in Welsh culture but little is known about his life. It is believed that he lived to be 100 years old and that he died in 589, but the first texts on his life only appeared around five hundred years after his death. This means that it is difficult to tell which aspects of his story are true and which are legend.

He was canonized in 1120 and March 1 was included in the church calendar as St David's Day. People started making pilgrimages to St David's monastery  after he was canonized. A cathedral still stands on its original site.

I think it is important to celebrate and remember what makes us unique so we can understand and respect each other better, and then look for our similarities as human beings, strong in our own individuality.

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