Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus! (Happy St David’s Day)
To any Welsh readers out there; Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!
For any non-Welsh readers out there; here’s an explanation to ‘what even is St David’s Day?’
In Wales March 1st is St David’s Day, a day when we celebrate Wales in every way possible. Welsh Cakes are eaten, daffodils are pinned to our chests and everywhere you turn is a sea of red from the rugby shirts. In many schools across the country, St David’s Day is also the day of the school Eisteddfod. This is a much smaller version of the National Eisteddfod (which takes place in August) and whilst the exact contents differs from school to school its always a celebration of Welsh culture, music and poetry.
I’m currently studying at University in England which means St David’s Day is a little bit different now to when it was spent in school (where it was compulsory to wear either traditional Welsh dress or a Welsh rugby shirt). I might be the only one doing it, but I will still always proudly wear my Welsh rugby shirt and wish everyone I see a ‘Happy St David’s Day’ on 1st March (and probably eat my own body weight in Welsh Cakes).
If, like me you’re Welsh and living in England or further afield (or you’re just looking to get involved in the Welsh patriotic fun) consider making Welsh Cakes! As soon as we started cooking these yesterday the smell instantly transported me back across the border! Maybe its something in my blood, but in my opinion there is nothing better than a Welsh Cake with a cup of tea. If you want to try making your own click here to see a recipe for traditional Welsh cakes. I use my Grandma’s recipe that we have handwritten at home, but this one looks fairly close to the one I used.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!
Have you made/tried Welsh cakes before? Do you celebrate St David’s Day despite not being in Wales? Let me know how it went in the comments!