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Thursday, March 1, 2012

St David's Day Recipes and Information, Dydd Gwyl Dewi

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi (St David's Day) is the feast day of St David, celebrated on March 1st every year and this day was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century. very year parades are held in Wales to commemorate St. David, with the largest of these being held in Cardiff.
Typically on St David's day and children take part in school concerts or eisteddfodau, with recitation and singing being the main activities
Many Welsh people wear one or both of the national emblems of Wales on their lapel to celebrate St. David: the daffodil (a generic Welsh symbol which is in season during March) or the leek (Saint David's personal symbol) on this day. (the association between leeks and daffodils makes more sense in Welsh where the leek is cenin and the daffodil is cenin Pedr [literally, 'St Peter's leek'].
In south Wales males usually wear leeks while young girls wear daffodils; in the north the daffodil predominates. The younger girls sometimes wear traditional Welsh costumes to school. This costume consists of a long woollen skirt, white blouse, woollen shawl and a Welsh hat.
One of the classic traditional dishes of St David's Day is cawl cenin (lek broth or stew) and below I provide links to a recipe for this as well as to other recipes from this site that you can use to put together a St David's day meal (all these recipes are derived from the Welsh Recipes section of this site.
St David's Day Recipes:
St David's Day Recipes and Information, Dydd Gwyl Dewi

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