Welsh Valentine’s Day

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Did you know we celebrate two Valentine’s Days in Wales?  Yes we do! Lucky aren’t we or unlucky depending on how you look at it. We celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day on 25 January.

 

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Here’s the story.

St Dwynwen is Wales’s very own patron saint of love, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.

Dwynwen lived in the 5th century and fell in love with a prince called Maelon Dafodrill . {yes I know that sounds like daffodil lol}. Unfortunately, her father, who had 24 daughters had already arranged for  her to marry someone else.  Dwynwen was so upset she couldn’t marry Prince Maelon that she begged God to make her forget him. Once asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice.

God then gave 3 wishes to Dwynwen. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed, her second that God meet  the hopes and dreams of true lovers: and the third, that she should never marry.

All three wishes were fulfilled and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God’s service for the rest of her life.

 

A Welsh lovespoon is traditionally given as a St Dwynwen’s day gift.

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So there you have a little bit of Welsh history.

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Will you  be celebrating on 25 January?

I hope you enjoyed this, let me know who you will be giving a wooden spoon to this year!

Dydd santes Dwynwen hapus!!  Happy St Dwynwens Day!!

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xxx

 

Photos courtesy of Google.

 

 

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