Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant Hapus // Happy Saint David’s Day!

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.

Read here and here for more about Saint David and how I have previously celebrated this holiday.

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!

Rhaglan Castle
Usk Castle
Skinforth Castle
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle
Caerphilly Castle
Caerphilly Castle
Caerphilly Castle
Castell Coch
Aberystwyth
North Wales
Harlech Castle
Conwy Castle
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch–no lie! That’s the name of the city!
The top of Mount Snowden
Snowden
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.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • I think I would love seeing those castles! On my mom's side, the ancestry is very mixed, but we have welsh and irish blood for sure. I don't know if I'll ever make it to that part of the world, though…

  • They certainly are amazing to explore! I can just feel the history in them!

  • So beautiful! I want to go there!

  • You should, someday!