HAPPY ST. DAVID'S DAY!
St David's Day is celebrated in
According to this Latin manuscript, Dewi died in the year 589. His mother was called Non, and his father, Sant, was the son of Ceredig, King of Ceredigion. After being educated in Cardiganshire, he went on pilgrimage through south
|Stained glass window depicting St David|
He eventually settled at Glyn Rhosyn (St David's), in south-west
Many miracles have been attributed to him, the most incredible of which was performed when he was preaching at the Synod of Llanddewibrefi - he caused the ground to rise underneath him so that he could be seen and heard by all.
How much truth is in this account of his life by Rhigyfarch is hard to tell. Rhigyfarch was the son of the Bishop of St David's, and the account was written as propaganda to establish Dewi's superiority and defend the bishopric from being taken over by
From the 12th century onwards, Dewi's fame spread throughout South Wales and as far as
|St David's Cathedral and Bishop's Palace (built on the old monastry).|
St David's Cathedral became a popular centre of pilgrimage, particularly after Dewi was officially recognised as a Catholic saint in 1120. From this period on, he was frequently referred to in the work of medieval Welsh poets such as Iolo Goch and Lewys Glyn Cothi. In 1398, it was ordained that his feast-day was to be kept by every church in the
Now St David’s Day is celebrated by schools and cultural societies throughout
When I was at school, St David's day was a half day holiday. The morning would be taken up with the school Eisteddfod, with performances of poetry, short stories, music and singing (a Glee for the olden days!)
The traditional food would be Cawl (a kind of lamb stew) and Welsh cakes. I haven't made Welsh cakes for a few years, but have dug out an old recipe.
Welsh Cakes Recipe
Pice ar y Maen
500g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
250g mixed currants and sultanas (seedless raisins)
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice or mace (optional)
a little milk
Mix together the flour and baking powder with the salt, then rub in the butter.
Add the sugar, spice and fruit. Mix in the beaten egg and just enough milk (about 3 tablespoons) to make it the same consistency as short-crust pastry.
Turn out onto a floured board, roll out and cut into rounds about 5cm across and 1 cm thick.
Cook over a medium heat in a very lightly greased pan or bakestone for about 3-4 minutes on each side. If they brown too quickly, lower the heat, for the inside must have time to cook thoroughly so that it has a brittle, sandy texture.
Serve either hot or cold sprinkled with sugar or cinnamon.
Makes approximately 20.