Saint David's Day

Saint David's Day Quick Facts

2021 Date1 March 2021
2022 Date1 March 2022
Saint David's Day

Saint David's Day History

Saint David’s Day seeks to commemorate the patron saint of Wales. Saint David was a Welsh bishop who lived during the 6th century. This day aims to honour the Saint with a day of celebration. It is said he spread his faith and teachings and performed several miracles. This day is accompanied by traditional emblems such as daffodils and leeks. Special services are typically held as well as parades and performances.

Saint David’s Day has been recognized since the 12th century. It is celebrated annually on 1 March.

Saint David's Day Facts & Quotes

  • It is said that when Saint David came back from a special religious journey to Jerusalem, he brought a stone back with him. That stone can be found today on an altar in St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
  • It’s believed that while addressing a crowd, Saint David miraculously rose up so that he could be seen and heard better. The crowd claimed it was as if he stood atop a hill.
  • Saint David's last words to his followers before his death are believed to have been: Be joyful, keep the faith and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do.

Saint David's Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend a St. David's Day parade. Lots of performances are held throughout Wales. Many theatre groups perform traditional dances and children usually take part as well wearing traditional Welsh clothing.
  • Attend the famous concert at St. David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales. The BBC National Orchestra performs together with the Chorus of Wales.
  • Learn more about Saint David's Day.

Saint David's Day References and Related Sites

www.bbc.co.uk: Saint David's Day

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