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St. David's Day
"Cymru am byth" (Wales for ever)
Also known as the St Davids Welsh National tartan, this design pays tribute to St. David, a sixth century bishop of Mynyw whose working Cathedral still stands in the city of St David's in Pembrokeshire, overlooking the Irish sea. St David lived a simple life and practised asceticism, teaching his followers to refrain from eating meat and drinking beer. His best-known miracle is said to have taken place when he was preaching in the middle of a large crowd at the Synod of Brefi: the village of Llanddewi Brefi stands on the spot where the ground on which he stood is reputed to have risen up to form a small hill. A white dove, which became his emblem, was seen settling on his shoulder. The tartan colours represent the Welsh flag - red dragon on a green and white background. As well as the dove, the dragon, and the daffodil, another traditional symbol of Wales is the leek! According to one legend, on the eve of the battle against the Saxons St David advised the Britons to wear leeks in their caps so as to easily distinguish friend from foe, helping to secure a great victory. Today, in some Welsh regiments, soldiers eat a raw leek on St David's Day! 🌱 🏴
For Saint David's Day, patron saint of Wales, we have "Brithwe Dewi Sant (Welsh)" tartan." Brithwe' is the Welsh for a coloured fabric.
Designed by Sheila Daniel of Cambrian Woollen Mill, Powys, from an ancient design, the colours chosen represent those of Wales and incorporates odd numbered threads and a differing warp and weft to create a vertical stripe.
David (known in Welsh as Dewi) was a bishop who founded many monasteries in Wales in the 6th century.
It is claimed that David lived for over 100 years and that he died on a Tuesday, the first of March. His last words to his followers were in a sermon on the previous Sunday which included the phrase:
"Do ye the little things in life" ("Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd").
For more about St. David, click the collage of St. David's Day symbols.