Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus (That’s Happy St. David’s Day to the Ill Informed)

1 Mar

St. David’s day. A day of remembering ones welshness. A day for wearing flowers and vegetables is fine. A day when it’s okay to have your socks pulled up over your trousers.

But who was St. David? All I remember being taught in school was the story of the hanky and the hill. Apparently in an effort to be seen by the large crowd, Dewi placed a hanky on the ground an a hill rose up underneath. I believe the site was Llandewi Brefi. A place which would later become more famous for Matt Lucas’ exploits.

Researching further all I could find of any real interest were the closing words of his final sermon:

Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.

Not profound, but profound enough to generate a little welsh motto, “Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd.”

So there he is. History doesn’t really preserve him as a hero of the Christian faith but without him I’d have no reason to adorn my attire with leeks.


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