Even though I am 5,000 miles away from my birthplace, I still celebrate on March 1st.
It is the day that all Welsh people celebrate the life of our patron saint David
Children dress in the national costume
We adorn our homes with Daffodils..one of our national symbols.
Although..I have searched all over this city for fresh ones..to no avail..so artificial will have to do
We also wear a daffodil ...as well as our other national symbol ..The Leek
According to legend, St David advised Welsh soldiers to wear leeks in their helmets to identify themselves during a successful battle against the Saxons in a field full of leeks.Welsh soldiers wear a leek in their caps and there is a tradition for the youngest recruit of the Welsh Guards to eat a large raw leek
We prepare traditional Welsh dishes such as Cawl (a soup made from mutton and Leeks)
Picau ar y Maen (Welsh Cakes)
and Bara Brith ( literal translation...Speckled Bread)
There are church services...like in beautiful St Davids
and the national flag is prominently displayed
St Davids Day is not a public holiday, but some communities hold parades
and Eisteddfods..Welsh festivals of literature, music and performance.
You can take the girl out of Wales...but you can never take Wales out of the girl!!
Although... I am much happier than this old girl...Bechod!! (Bless!!)
Finally .here's a fun St Davids Day fact for you
St David was baptized by St Elvis....
whose history can be found near the Preseli Hills in Pemrokshire....