Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus! ||Happy Saint David’s Day.

We’re celebrating St David’s Day again with some appropriately coloured photos through the artistic eye of Nock Sandy of Abersoch Daydreams.

The Essential Information.

St David’s Day is celebrated annually on March 1st. It is the day when the people of Wales celebrate their patron saint, St David. We thought you would

St David is the patron saint of Wales and also of doves.

St David, known as Dewi Sant in Welsh, was born to Sant, a prince of Cardigan, and St Non, the daughter of a chieftain in around 500 AD.

He was recognised as a national patron saint at the height of Welsh resistance to the Normans.

On St David’s Day, the flag of St David and Y Ddraig Goch (the Red Dragon, Wales’s national flag), will be flown more than usual.

Images of St David often depict him on a hill with a white dove on his shoulder. The dove represents the Holy Spirit which gifted St David with eloquent speech when he preached. Some stories say the dove is depicted because a love landed on his shoulder on the day he miraculously raised a hill to preach.

People often wear leeks in remembrance of St David’s guidance during the battle against the Saxons when, supposedly, St David advised Welsh warriors to wear a leek during a battle with the Saxons, so enemies and allies could be distinguished.

They won the battle and leeks became a Welsh symbol.

People celebrate St David’s day by wearing a daffodil, the national symbol of Wales, or a leek, St David’s personal symbol. In Wales people, particularly children, wear traditional Welsh costume.

Girls wear a petticoat and overcoat, made of Welsh flannel, and a tall hat, worn over a frilled bonnet.

Boys wear a white shirt, a Welsh flannel waistcoat, black trousers, long wool socks and black shoes.

The outfits originated during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Children in Wales enjoy traditional Welsh dances, sing Welsh folk songs and recite Welsh poems, and take part in school concerts or eisteddfodau.

Have a look at more photos by Nock Sandy at www.abersochdaydreams.co.uk