Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus or Happy St Dwynwen Day if you don’t understand Welsh.
My children were born in Wales, but I only moved here 12 years ago and I can’t speak Welsh. When I first came to Wales I really struggled to find a job as a large percentage required Welsh speaking. I always said that when/if I have children I would want them to go to a Welsh school to give them a good start when looking for a job.
So last night their school hosted a disco for St Dwynwen Day.
Who is Santes Dwynwen?
Santes Dwynwen (or Saint/St Dwynwen) is the patron saint of lovers. She fell in love with a local boy called Maelon. However, she was the prettiest of King Brychan’s 24 daughters and he had arranged for her to marry a prince. Maelon wasn’t too happy with the news, and Dwynwen ran off to the woods and asked God for help.
An angel came and gave her a potion to help her to forget Maelon and turned him into ice. God then gave Dwynwen three wishes.
- To thaw Maelon
- God would help all true lovers
- She would never marry
To show her appreciation Dwynwen became a nun and set up a convent on Llanddwyn Island in Anglesey.
So on 25th January we celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day the same as Valentines day is celebrated on February 14th. Showering the people we love with lots of love.
What are our plans for Dydd Santes Dwynwen?
I am working today – and we plan to discuss St Dwynwen in work a little bit too. When I get home hopefully there will be a little surprise for each of the children to show them our love for them.
A traditional gift on Santes Dwynwen is a Lovespoon. Welsh Lovespoons have some amazing designs and the carvings are incredible.
Every carving represents a symbol and meaning. So if you are looking at getting one for a loved one for any occasion. There is a section on their website which describes the meanings for the different symbols.
Me and Andrew don’t really celebrate St Dwynwen, but I think it’s important we celebrate it with the children. For them to understand their Welsh history. I would also like to go to Anglesey as one of our family adventures for our Goals of 2019!
Have you heard of St Dwynwen before? I hadn’t until I moved here and even then I think it was a few years after that before I fully understood the day.