St Davids Day 2021 – Celebrating Welsh Culture
St Davids Day is almost here. Taking place on the 1st of March, it’s the perfect excuse to celebrate a little Welsh culture. Whether you have Welsh heritage, or you just want a reason to broaden your horizons, we’ve put together a few ideas on how you can do just that.
From a little history, to Welsh traditions and fabulous Welsh dishes, we’ve got together a few ways you can immerse yourself in the culture of Wales. Whether you’re eyeing up a staycation in the beautiful country, or you just want to try something new this season, this is the article for you!
A Little St Davids Day History
Saint David’s Day (or Diwrnod Dewi Sant in Welsh) is the celebration of the patron saint of Wales. It’s a Welsh holiday that started in the 12th century after the recognition of the man himself as the patron saint of Wales. It falls on the 1st of March because it marks the day of his death back in the year 589, and it’s a pretty big deal in the Celtic nation.
Traditionally, the occasion is marked with parades through cities in Wales. With Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and others getting in on the fun. Obviously, it goes without saying that this year’s celebrations may be a little smaller given the current Coronavirus situation.
Perhaps one of the biggest celebrations that occur on the day is the “Eisteddfodau” that take place. They’re festivals of music, language and culture that takes place through schools across the country.
You’ll find folks strutting their stuff in traditional Welsh dress. From red shirts to the unique Welsh hat, it’s a wardrobe that celebrates Welsh history. For an easier fashion choice, just grab a Welsh rugby shirt and decorate it with daffodil and leek badges.
There’s a ton of traditional Welsh foods, red dragon flags, and travels to the city of St Davids. It’s a stunning place in Pembrokeshire that is both the most westerly point in Wales. It also holds the title of the smallest city in the UK by population. There you can find the incredible St Davids Cathedral and some stunning coastal scenes.
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Take a Trip to Wales
We’ve already mentioned the city of St Davids. But there’s plenty more beauty spots and places of cultural significance to set your sights on in Wales. There’s the beautiful coastal areas, like Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest. And there’s the cracking castles of Caernarvon, Cardiff and Caerphilly, it’s worth the trip. You can even see how the Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney owned football team Wrexham FC are doing.
For some outstanding natural views, you can’t go wrong with Snowdonia. A beautiful natural park that’s packed with lovely lakes, country roads and the tallest mountain in Wales, Snowdon. Whether you want to whack on your hiking boots, or you prefer to tackle the terrain on the train, it’s a wonderful day out. And for a less northerly nature walk, the Brecon Beacons natural park is a beautiful sight too.
A wonderful, if not slightly strange day out is a trip to Portmeirion. A tourist village in Gwynedd that was designed in the style of an Italian village. It was made famous thanks to the 1960’s TV show “The Prisoner”. It’s a hugely colourful village that’s packed with whacky and wonderful architecture.
Naturally, booking a holiday is a little more difficult with the Coronavirus remaining in the news cycle. So, check the latest guidelines before you book. That doesn’t mean you can’t get inspired for travels by Saint David’s day and plan for a 2021 stay.
Whether you want to see the sights at Devil’s Bridge or want a picture next to the Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch train station sign, there’s so much to see and do.
Welsh Food & Drink for St Davids Day
When it comes to celebrating Welsh cuisine, you have a few hearty options. Welsh rarebit (or Welsh rabbit) is a delightful take on cheese on toast. Featuring a tasty sauce mixture of cheese, mustard and ale on some toasted bread, it’s a simple, heavenly dish, and it’s heavily tied to traditional Welsh food. Cheese on toast lovers can’t go wrong with this tasty treat, so it’s worth giving it a try with this Welsh Rarebit recipe.
A hearty dish that’s typically served on the day is a piping hot bowl of “Cawl”. In modern Welsh, the word typically applies to any kind of soup or broth, and so you’ve got a bit of wiggle room when it comes to your ingredients. From beef or lamb, to leeks, potatoes and carrots, it’s a wonderful and warm meal and you can tailor it to your tastes and dietary requirements.
For something a little sweeter, you can’t go wrong with Welsh cakes. It’s a simple little treat that features flour, butter, currants, eggs, milk and spices. You then whack them in a cast iron pan and watch some magic happen. Because they’re so simple to make, it’s the perfect Welsh dish to make with the kids this Saint David’s Day.
Every meal needs a drink alongside, and unfortunately, a lot of Welsh favourites aren’t exactly suitable for the kids. From the famous Penderyn whisky, to Welsh beers and wonderful wines, you’re set for your alcoholic beverages. There’s also Merlyn cream liqueur, Brecon Gin and 5 vodka, all of which come from the capable hands over at the Penderyn distillery.
Celebrate St Davids Day
So, whether it’s something as simple as whipping up a batch of Welsh cakes with the kids, or you want to go the whole hog and get dressed up and hold your own home-grown Eisteddfod, it’s an occasion to celebrate all things Wales!
We hope you’ve got a bit of insight into the history of the day and what it means, so you can mark the occasion in your own way. And with international travel looking a little trickier than usual for the foreseeable future, a trip to Wales later in the year could be the answer to your holiday needs.