March 1: St. David

Today is St. David’s Day in Wales. St. David is the patron saint of Wales, and March 1 was chosen because St. David died this day in the 500s. Precise year has been lost in the mists of time.

Flag of St. David

Most of what is known today of St. David has been passed down through oral and written histories.  Like all the ancient accounts. there are fantastic tales, legends and miracles.  There is no doubt that he lived and aided the Welsh against the Saxon invaders.  His religious influence is still felt today.

St. David was canonized by Pope Callistus II in 1120.

So put on a bit of red, green and white before you venture out today. If you have a broche or lapel pin of a leek or daffodil wear it proudly to show your Welsh heritage.

A bit of trivia:

The British actor David Niven was named for St. David.  David Niven was born March 1 in London.

March 1 was the beginning of the New Year before the Gregorian calendar was instituted in 1752.  March is named for the Roman God of War—Mars.

G. D. Williams       © 2011


Cardiff St David’s Day Parade 2010

St David’s Day 1st March 09 Prt 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Catholic Encyclopedia

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