Ok, some not-very-serious thoughts for St David’s Day.
St David (Dewi Sant) is the patron saint of Wales, and of a very big shopping centre in Cardiff.
He’s said to have lived on bread and water, with a few leeks chucked in (man cannot live on bread alone).
Leeks are one of the symbols of Wales, as are daffodils. It helps that daffs come into flower just in time for March 1. They are also a lot easier to wear on your jacket or jumper than leeks, which are big, floppy, and a bit smelly.
The story of the red dragon (y ddraig goch) has several versions; the short one being the Welsh red dragon beat the white, Saxon one, with Merlin getting in on the action.
‘Wales’ is English for ‘land of foreigners’. Which all goes to show it’s a case of perspective. The Welsh for Wales is Cymru, or ‘comrades’.
The ghastly ‘traditional costume’ girls are expected to wear to school on St David’s Day was the creation of Lady Llanover (1802-96). She didn’t get round to inflicting one on boys, so they get away with going to school in Welsh rugby shirts. Although the way things are going this Six Nations…
Daffodils, like all flowers, have a ‘meaning’. But not a very exciting one, as it is ‘regard’.