Everyone knows about St. Patrick’s Day, the patron saint of Ireland…but did you know he was Welsh? Well, he was! He was a Welsh-born Irish slave. When he was freed, he went to Rome to learn the Gospel. He wanted to return to Wales and bring it with him (there were still some Christians in Wales after the Romans left)…but God visited him saying he had consecrated that land for someone who was to come in 100 years. So, he brought the Gospel back to Ireland (the Roman Christians there were fading back to pagan religions).
One hundred years later, David was born. He performed miracles as a child and even helped the Welsh win a battle by telling them to wear leeks on their shirts to battle so they’d know who was friend and who was foe. Thus, leeks became a symbol of Wales.
Today, March 1st, is Saint David’s Day.
Today, Rhys and I will be wearing Welsh colors (green, red, white) to church (as well as wearing a felt leek on my shirt). Justin and I are celebrating by making Cornish pasties and leek and potato soup for dinner–both recipes will be on the blog within the next two weeks!
For now, here are some of my favorite pictures from my Welsh study abroad!
|Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch–no lie! That’s the name of the city!|
|The top of Mount Snowden|
Isn’t it beautiful? I took over 1000 pictures on my study abroad, and honestly, I wish I had had a DSLR five years ago and took a whole heck of a lot more! I would give anything to go back to Wales!
But, for now, I’ll satisfy my cravings on Welsh food, Welsh songs, and my old pictures.