Saint Dwynwen's Day

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AKA NameWelsh Valentine's Day
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2024 Date25 January 2024
2025 Date25 January 2025

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Saint Dwynwen's Day History

Saint Dwynwen's Day, also known as the Welsh Valentine's Day, is a celebration of love and commitment amongst couples. The day honours the Welsh patron saint of love, St Dwynwen, who is also the patron saint of sick animals. Observed primarily in Wales, the day features various traditions and cultural events that bring people together to express their affection for one another.

The origins of Saint Dwynwen's Day dates back to the 5th century, rooted in the tragic love story of Dwynwen, the daughter of King Brychan Brycheiniog. Dwynwen fell in love with a young man named Maelon, but they were forbidden to marry. Heartbroken, she prayed to be released from her love and become the patron saint of lovers. Her story resonates with people across the United Kingdom, as it highlights the themes of love, heartbreak, and reconciliation. Saint Dwynwen's Day serves as a reminder of the importance of love and compassion in our lives and encourages people in the UK to reflect on and express their love for one another.

Saint Dwynwen's Day is celebrated on January 25th. The day is marked by various events such as concerts, poetry readings, and special church services honouring the saint. Couples and loved ones exchange gifts, cards, and tokens of love known as 'lovespoons' – intricately carved wooden spoons symbolising commitment and affection. Restaurants and businesses may also offer Welsh-themed menus and promotions in recognition of the observance.

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Saint Dwynwen's Day Facts

  • St. Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers as well as the patron saint of sick animals.
  • St. Dwynwen's church and nunnery were built in the 5th century. Their ruins can still be seen on Llanddwyn Island in Anglesey, Wales. It's said St. Dwynwen is also buried there.
  • Several wells and springs can be found on Llanddwyn Island. These include:
    1) Merddyn Cil (Merlin's Well)
    2) Ffynnon Dafaden (it is believed that its waters are able to cure warts)
    3) Dwynwen's Well (it is said that the fish inside the well can predict the success of a relationship)
  • According to Welsh folklore, Dwynwen fell in love with a young prince named Maelon Dafodrill but was unable to marry him due to her father's refusal. In her anguish, she prayed to forget her love for Maelon, who was then turned into a block of ice.
  • The remains of Dwynwen's convent, known as St. Dwynwen's Church, can still be seen on Llanddwyn Island today.
  • Dwynwen lived in the 5th century A.D. She was the daughter of Brychan Brycheiniog, a Welsh king, who had 24 daughters, and Dwynwen was said to be the most beautiful among them.

Saint Dwynwen's Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit St. Dwynwen's Church on Llanddwyn Island at Anglesey. The ruins of the patron saint's church can still be seen today.
  • Celebrate the day with your romantic partner. Exchange gifts, go for dinner, or enjoy a walk on the beach.
  • Learn more about the story of Saint Dwynwen.
  • Just like on Valentine's Day, people exchange cards and gifts with their loved ones. Traditional Welsh love spoons, which are intricately carved wooden spoons symbolizing love and affection, are popular gifts.

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