St. David’s Day

St. David’s Day is a feast day that is celebrated on March 1st of each year in remembrance of Saint David’s death. Saint David was a Welsh bishop who live during the sixth century and was later venerated to the stature of Saint by Pope Callixtus II during the 12th century.

History

It is believed that Saint David was born in Henvynyw in Cardiganshire and rose to prominence as a teacher and religious leader. He is also known for founding religious settlements and shrines in Pembrokeshire, Wales and around Brittany.

One of most famous religious settlements that he founded was the monastery at Menevia in Southwestern Wales. This monastery was known for its extreme asceticism, as set forth by decree from David himself. David and his monks neither drank beer nor ate meat and avoided personal possessions.

It is believed that he died on the first of March in the year 589 at the ripe age of 100 years. In 1120, Pope Callixtus II venerated him to Saint status, thanks in part to the miracle performed at Synod of Brefi. According to legend, while St. David was preaching to a crowd at the Synod of Brefi, the land raised up and formed a small hill. Upon this hill was built the village of Llanddewi Brefi.

Customs, Traditions and Observations

Today, St. David’s Day is a revered Welsh holiday that is accompanied by many different parades, parades and cultural events. On this day, many Welsh people consume a stew called Cawl, which is made from lamb and leeks. Although St. David was a staunch opponent of drinking, several Welsh breweries make special St. David’s Day ales.

Where is St. David’s Day celebrated?

United kingdom - Wales (Mar 1) - United states (Mar 1)