Or, as you may say, Happy St David’s Day!
We spend a lot of time here at Who Made Your Pants? learning about each others cultures and backgrounds and as a proud, although accent less nowadays, Welsh woman I am delighted to say that the team have pronounced Welsh Cakes ‘delicious’. I quite agree – they and bara brith are firm favourites of mine.
This weekend, to mark and celebrate St David’s Day, we’re running an offer – 15% off our Red collection, after the dragon on the flag of the land of my childhood and my father. But I thought I’d share a few stories about Wales with you, for fun.
St David was a man who stood on the ground in Llandewi Brefi (yes it is a real place) and it rose under him as he preached. St David’s, the city named for him, is the smallest city in the UK – it is TEENY, with a population of under 2000 people.
On St David’s Day, children are dressed in what is thought of as Welsh traditional dress. Little girls wear a plaid skirt and an apron edged in lace, a white shirt and a shawl, and a black hat or bonnet with white lace around the inside. Boys wear trousers, a shirt and waistcoat, and a flat cap. Both – and adults too – may pin a daffodil to their lapel. When I was in infant school, we would sometime wear leeks. There was usually at least one small boy every year sick from eating the leek on his jersey, raw. Oftentimes, those leeks were almost the size of the small boy – this was before they had invented fabric leek badges. I think. Oh, happy days…
There are events celebrating St David’s Day thorough Wales of course but also as far as as Los Angeles and in, um, Disneyland Paris….
We Welsh are famous for our singing. You may well have heard of the Manic Street Preachers, Catherine Jenkins, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey – but have you heard of Max Boyce? I would urge you to listen to his ballad of Morgan the Moon about the first man to land on the moon – Welsh man no less. And that is a True Fact *coff coff*
For more things Welsh, I’ve added some lovely pictures of all things Welsh to our Homelands board on Pinterest. I hope you enjoy them.
Whatever you do this St David’s Day I hope you have a Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus!
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