March the 1st is St. David’s day. It marks the death of the Welsh figure who died more than 1,4000 years ago. There are various myths of who the saint really was, so here are some facts:
1. St. David wasn’t a day of celebration in Wales till much later
It wasn’t till the 18th century that St. David’s got declared a national day of celebration even though he died in 589 AD.
2. He was a vegetarian
It is believed that St. David only ate leeks and drank water. He and his monks ploughed the fields by hand.
3. His soldiers wore leeks on their helmets
St. David ordered his soldiers to wear leeks on top of their helmets before fighting the Saxons.
4. St. David has his own flag
His flag has a yellow cross on a black background.
5. He performed miracles
St. David is said to performed various miracles with his most famous being preaching to a large crowd in Llanddewi Brefi. When people at the back complained that they could not hear him, the ground on which he stood rose up to form a hill. A white dove, sent by God, settled on his shoulder.
6. He was a preacher
Unlike St. George who was known for killing a dragon, David was known for being a great preacher. He had his own churches in Wales and even in South West England.
7. St. David was Welsh
He was born in Caerfai, Pembrokeshire in Wales. Unlike the other patrons like St. Andrew who was Palestinian and St. George who was a roman solider from Greek extraction.
8. He was very old when he died
St. David lived till he was over 100 years old and died on March the 1st 589 AD.
9. St. David has his own city
St. David’s in Wales is the smallest city in the UK.
10. Daffodils are associated with St. David
The flowers always appear around St. David’s day and is a tradition to wear a daffodil on this special day.